|Copyright: selahattin erikci (tanburi)
|Date Taken: 2007-06-17|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 11:03|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Trichodes apiarius "The checkered, or clerid beetles (Family Cleridae), are small beetles found primarily in woodlands. The name "checkered beetle" refers to the conspicuous colorful bands across the back of the adults. Their rounded bodies are often covered with dense, short hairs (pubescence). Common species are between ¼ and ½ inch long. There are about 250 described species in the U.S. and 2500 for the whole world. The adults are fairly long-lived and can be seen for several months during the summer.|
The majority of species are predaceous on wood-boring or wood-inhabiting beetles, especially bark beetles, and are very important natural controls of these forest pests. Adult clerid beetles feed on the adult wood-borers, while the larvae prey on the immature stages, including the eggs. Other species feed on grasshopper egg pods, a few have been reported as predators of gall insects, and one genus, Necrobia, has departed from the typical food habit of the family and are primarily scavengers. From http://www.cirrusimage.com/beetles_checkered.htm )
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Excellent piture, nice composition and colors.
- [2007-07-28 12:43]
Welcome to TN!
An unusual macro capture of this clerid beetle looking almost impaled on the spikes of the thistle flowerhead. Excellent colours, composition and BG.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2007-11-18 11:42]
Excelnt picture, nice color.!