Enoclerus ichneumoneus

Checkered Beetle

Enoclerus ichneumoneus, Checkered Beetle photo



Family: Cleridae

Subfamily: Clerinae

Length: 8-11 mm


Enoclerus ichneumoneus looks somewhat like a Velvet Ant, a type of wasp with a painful sting. This mimicry encourages predators to leave it alone.

This is the most-often-noticed Checkered Beetle in West Virginia, though it is not really common.

Adults may be seen on tree trunks, where they look for larval or adult Bark and Ambrosia Beetles to feed upon.


Enoclerus ichneumoneus range map

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Insects of West Virginia