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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-02
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-14 16:28
Viewed: 1922
Points: 22
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Hello all

this last time i had a problem with internet and can’t posting, but now all is OK
i have photographed this bug not far from my house

Trichodes alvearius

Trichodes alvearius is a species of Soldier or Checkered beetle belonging to the family Cleridae, subfamily Clerinae.


Trichodes alvearius is a very hairy beetle with black head and scutellum. The elongated elytra show a bright red colour with black bands. This species can easily be distinguished from Trichodes apiarius by the black stripe down the middle of the back (along the inner edge of the elytra) and the red apex, not reached by the black terminal stain. It does not fly readily, relying instead on its warning coloration to protect itself from predators.


These beetles are widely distributed across southern Europe in Albania, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, France, Germany,[1] Hungary, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the western half of the Balkans, and in North Africa. The species became extinct in England in the nineteenth century

Life Cycle

At the larval stage they are parasites of several species of bees and wasps, as the adults lay the eggs close hymenopteran nests or hives (hence the name “alvearius”, the Bee-Hive Beetle), eating various stages of their victims.
The adults can be encountered from May through August on the flowers, mainly Apiaceae, Asteraceae and Crataegus species, feeding on pollen. However, they integrate their diet with small insects that they actively hunt, especially Oedemera, Psilothrix, Stenopterus and Clytus species.

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Very cheerful image of a Soldier Bug, Jacqueline.
We have a similar bug in India by the name of Blister Beetle.
A sharp, crisp and colourful picture.

Ciao Jacqueline, great macro of lovely beetle on beautiful flowers, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

bonjour Jacqueline,
une très belle macro,le coléoptère est bien présenté avec ses couleurs et détails.
Bon W-E

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-15 1:20]

Hello Jacqueline,
A nice capture of this beautiful beetle. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.Regards Sigi

Hello Jacqueline,
Beautiful colored Bug. Well captured in its natural habitat. Good details and sharpness too.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,

Hello Jacqueline,
like your pic very much. I think there is a wonderful female loveliness in it. Very nice. thanks for showing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-16 7:47]

Hello Jacqueline,
Nice to see you back. I hope All internet problems are solved.
Good sharp detailed macro of this beetle in beautiful clear colours and a fine diagonal composition. The surroundings is beautiful too.

hallo Jacqueline
great composition with beautiful colours and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-17 10:42]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Excellent macro shot ..
Excellent capture, sharp details and nice colors.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Jacqueline

Jolie photo de cette insecte, excellent POV et de la façon dont diagonalement
c'est cadré cela apporte du dynamisme à l'image, belle lumière, excellent détails, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-19 13:33]

Salut Jacqueline,une capture de grande classe de cette espece qu'on peu voir chez moi aussi,pas facile la gestion de la lumiere cet insect sombre parmi les fleurs blancs,mais pas pour toi comme je peu voir,la qualite' de l'image est absolument parfaicte,tres bien fait! Bonne nuit et merci,Luciano

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