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(male (L), female (R), note antennal differences)
15-20 clerids were actively feeding on the Pyracantha flowers
Range: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio (Wilcott, 1947)
Adult Activity: April (Taber & Fleenor 2005)
Biology: Adults visit flowers of Allium, Pyracantha, Cornus, Crataegus, Prosopis, Quercus.
Similar Species: Three species of Pelonides from central and southwestern United States (Arnett et al, 2002).
Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)
Pelonides humeralis (Horn)
Pelonides quadripunctatus (Say)
Synonyms: quadripunctata, quadripunctatum
Weblinks: Family Cleridae - Checkered Beetles
Clerid ID Aids:
North American Cleridae associated with conifers - Bruce D. Ayres & W. F. Barr.
A Guide to the Cleridae of Atlantic Canada - Christopher Majka
Biography: Thomas Say (1787 – 1834) - Wikipedia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.
Blatchley, W.S. 1910. An Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of the Coleoptera or Beetles (Exclusive of Rhynchophora) Known to Occur in Indiana. Nature Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Ind. 1385 pp.
Böving, A.G., & A.B. Champlain. 1920. Larvae of North American beetles of the family Cleridae: Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 57: 575–649.
Say, T. 1823. Description of coleopterous insects collected on the late expedition to the Rocky Mountains, performed by order of Mr. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under the command of Major Long. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 3: 139-216.
Taber, S.W. & S.B. Fleenor. 2005. Invertebrates of Central Texas Wetlands. Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock. xi + 328 pp.
Wolcott, A. B. 1947. Catalogue of North American Beetles of the Family Cleridae. Fieldiana: Zoology, 32(2):61-105.
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