Texas Beetle Resources

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Checkered Beetles of Texas - Family Cleridae

139 species of clerids have been recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm. 2011)
The following thumbnails represent some 70% of the Texas total.

Speciemens primarily shot at the TAMUIC and the UTIC

Thaneroclerinae - TillinaeHydnocerinae - ClerinaeEpiphloeinae

Enopliinae - Neorthopleurinae - Peloniinae -Tarsosteninae - Korynetinae

Subfamily Thaneroclerinae

Ababa tantilla (LeConte)  - Ababa tantilla

Subfamily Tillinae

Lecontella brunnea (Spinola) - Lecontella brunnea all brown clerid - Lecontella gnara - male Callotillus elegans elegans (Erichson)  - Callotillus elegans Cymatoderella collaris (Spinola) - Cymatoderella collaris Cymatodera sirpata Horn - Cymatodera sirpata Cymatodera balteata LeConte    - Cymatodera balteata=Cymatodera balteata LeConte    - Cymatodera balteata Cymatodera fuscula LeConte - Cymatodera fuscula Cymatodera undulata (Say) - Cymatodera undulata 912W01 - Cymatodera wolcotti Cymatodera aegra-complex
Cymatodera puncticollis Bland - Cymatodera puncticollis=Cymatodera puncticollis Bland - Cymatodera puncticollis Cymatodera Cymatodera dietrichi Barr - Cymatodera dietrichi Bogcia obliquefasciatus (Schaeffer) - Cymatodera obliquefasciatus Cymatodera inornata (Say) - Cymatodera inornata Beetle with a Long Neck - Cymatodera bicolor
Monophylla pallipes (Schaeffer) - Monophylla pallipes - female=Monophylla pallipes (Schaeffer) - Monophylla pallipes - male Monophylla terminata (Say) - Monophylla terminata - male

Subfamily Hydnocerinae

Isohydnocera albocincta (Horn) - Isohydnocera albocincta Isohydnocera brunnea Chapin - Isohydnocera brunnea Isohydnocera schusteri (Leconte) - Isohydnocera schusteri Isohydnocera curtipennis (Newman) - Isohydnocera curtipennis Checkered Beetle - Isohydnocera curtipennis Wolcottia pedalis (LeConte) - Wolcottia pedalis
Phyllobaenus humeralis (Say) - Phyllobaenus humeralis Phyllobaenus pubescens (LeConte) - Phyllobaenus pubescens Phyllobaenus unifasciatus (Say) - Phyllobaenus unifasciatus Phyllobaenus subfasciatus (LeConte) - Phyllobaenus subfasciatus Phyllobaenus sp. - Phyllobaenus Phyllobaenus discoideus (LeConte) - Phyllobaenus discoideus Phyllobaenus chapini Wolcott - Phyllobaenus chapini
Phyllobaenus corticinus (Gorham)  - Phyllobaenus corticinus Phyllobaenus knausii (Wickham) - Phyllobaenus knausii Phyllobaenus tricolor (Schaeffer) - Phyllobaenus tricolor Phyllobaenus sp. - Phyllobaenus pallipennis=Phyllobaenus pallipennis (Say) - Phyllobaenus pallipennis Phyllobaenus verticalis (Say) - Phyllobaenus verticalis=Phyllobaenus verticalis (Say) - Phyllobaenus verticalis

Subfamily Clerinae

Perilypus ornaticollis (LeConte) - Perilypus ornaticollis Placopterus thoracicus (Olivier) - Placopterus thoracicus   unknown clerid - Priocera castanea Checkered Beetle - Thanasimus dubius
Aulicus apachei Barr & Foster - Aulicus apachei On Pigweed - Aulicus femoralis  Aulicus Aulicus monticola Aulicus dentipes Schaeffer - Aulicus dentipes Enoclerus analis (LeConte) - Enoclerus analis Enoclerus ? - Enoclerus nigripes Enoclerus rosmarus (Say) - Enoclerus rosmarus Cleridae - Enoclerus coccineus Enoclerus vetus Wolcott - Enoclerus vetus BG3040 E8759 - Enoclerus ichneumoneus 
Cleridae - ? - Enoclerus cordifer Enoclerus laetus (Klug) ssp. abruptus (LeConte) - Enoclerus laetus=Enoclerus laetus (Klug) ssp. abruptus (LeConte) - Enoclerus laetus=Enoclerus laetus complex - Enoclerus laetus Enoclerus quadrisignatus (Say) - Enoclerus quadrisignatus
Enoclerus opifex (Gorham) - Enoclerus opifex Enoclerus spinolae (Leconte) - Enoclerus spinolae Enoclerus viduus (Klug) - Enoclerus viduus Enoclerus lecontei Wolcott - Enoclerus lecontei Enoclerus moestus (Klug) - Enoclerus moestus
Trichodes simulator Horn - Trichodes simulator Trichodes bibalteatus LeConte - Trichodes bibalteatus Trichodes bicinctus Green - Trichodes bicinctus Trichodes oresterus Wolcott - Trichodes oresterus Checkered beetle from Banff 10.07.09 - Trichodes ornatus=Checkered beetle from Yellowstone 10.07.07 - Trichodes ornatus=Ornate Checkered Beetle - Trichodes ornatus Beautiful Colors - Trichodes apivorus  

Subfamily Epiphloeinae

Madoniella dislocatus (Say) - Madoniella dislocatus Madoniella rectangularis Opitz - Madoniella rectangularis Pyticeroides laticornis (Say) - Pyticeroides laticornis=Pyticeroides laticornis (Say) - Pyticeroides laticornis

Subfamily Enopliinae

Pelonium leucophaeum (Klug) - Pelonium leucophaeum Pelonium maculicolle Schaeffer - Pelonium maculicolle Cregya quadrinotata (Chevrolat) - Cregya quadrinotata Cregya mixta Cregya oculata Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)  - Pelonides granulatipennis=Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer) - Pelonides granulatipennis - male=Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)  - Pelonides granulatipennis - female - Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)
Pelonides quadripunctata (Say) - Pelonides quadripunctata - male=BG2604 E4170 - Pelonides quadripunctata=Pelonides quadripunctata (Say) - Pelonides quadripunctata - female - Pelonides quadripunctata (Say)
Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - Pelonides quadrinotata - male=Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - Pelonides quadrinotata - female=Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - Pelonides quadrinotata - female - Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman)
Melyrid - Pelonides humeralis=Clerid? - Pelonides humeralis - Pelonides humeralis (Horn)

Subfamily Neorthopleurinae

Neorthopleura texana (Bland) - Neorthopleura texana=Neorthopleura texana (Bland) - Neorthopleura texana Coleoptera - Neorthopleura thoracica Lebasiella pallipes (Klug) - Lebasiella pallipes

Subfamily Peloniinae

Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=south Texas Chariessa - Chariessa vestita=Blue Beetle on my cut crape myrtle branches - Chariessa vestita
Chariessa elegans Horn - Chariessa elegans - male Chariessa pilosa (Forster) - Chariessa pilosa - male=Chariessa pilosa (Forster) - Chariessa pilosa - female

Subfamily Tarsosteninae

Tarsostenus univittatus

Subfamily Korynetinae

another cow carcass beetle - Necrobia ruficollis Necrobia rufipes (De Geer)  - Necrobia rufipes Necrobia violacea (Linnaeus, 1758) - Necrobia violacea

Select bibliography:

Barr, W.F. 2005. New species and new distributional records for Mexican Pelonium (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Enopliinae). Folia entomol. Mexicana 44(Supl. 1): 55-62.

Barr, W.F. 1950. Systematic and synonymical notes on New World Clerid beetles (Coleoptera). Entomologische Berichten 298(13): 61-62.

Barr, W.F. and D.E. Foster. 1979. Revision of the genus Aulicus (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Melanderia 33: 131.

Corporaal, J.B. 1950. Cleridae. In: Hincks, W.D. (Ed.), Coleopterum Catalogus Supplementa, pars 23 (edito secunda). W. Junk's-Gravenhage, 373 pp.

Ekis, G. 1977. Classification, Phylogeny, and Zoogeography of the Genus Perilypus (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology. 227: i-iv + 1-138.

Foster, D.E. 1976. Revision of North American Trichodes (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Tex. Tech. Univ. Mus. Spec. Publ. No. 11. 86 p.

Knull, J.N. 1934. Five new species of Coleoptera (Cleridae, Elateridae, Buprestidae and Cerambycidae). Entomol. News, 45(1): 9-13.

Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. The checkered beeltes (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida. Thesis for the degree of Master of Science. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp. Full PDF

Leavengood, J.M., Jr, and B.H. Garner. 2014. Nomenclatural notes on some checkered beetle (Coleoptera: Cleridae) types of the Natural History Museum, London (BMNH).Zootaxa 3760: 301-335.

Leavengood, Jr., J.M., R.M. Gemmill, B.Raber and M.A. Quinn. 2012. Notes on the identification, distribution, and natural history of Phyllobaenus corticinus (Gorham, 1883) (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Hydnocerinae), including the first report from the United States. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 66(4): 351-356.

LeConte, J.L. 1849. Synopsis of the coleopterous insects of the group Cleridae, which inhabit the United States. Ann. Lyc. Nat. Hist. N. Y. 5: 9-35.

Opitz, W. 2002. Family 73. Cleridae Latreille 1804. Pp. 267-280. In: Arnett. R.H. Jr, et al. (Eds). American Beetles.Volume 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionidea, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Mawdsley, J. 1992. A discussion of the phena of Perilypus ornaticollis (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Cleridae), with a review of subspecies taxa in the family Cleridae. Psyche 99: 199-206.

Schaeffer, C. 1908. On New and Known Coleoptera of the Families Coccinellidae and Cleridae. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 16(3): 125-135

Schaeffer, C. 1917. On some North American Cleridae. (Col.). Journal of the New York Entomolgical Society 26: 129-134.

Schaeffer, C. 1921. New species of North American clerid beetles of the genus Aulicus. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 59(2365): 151159.

Wolcott, A.B. 1910. Notes on some Cleridae of Middle and North America, with descriptions of new species. Field Museum of Natural History, Zool. Ser., 7(10): 339-401. 

Wolcott, A.B. 1927. Descriptions of a new genus and four new species of North American Cleridae. Coleopterological Contributions, 1: 105-110.

Wolcott, A.B. 1947. Catalogue of North American Beetles of the Family Cleridae. Fieldiana: Zoology, 32(2): 61-105. Full PDF

March 18, 2017 Mike Quinn / entomike@gmail.com / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Resources / Photo Techniques