Enoclerus rosmarus

Checkered Beetle

Enoclerus rosmarus photo, Checkered Beetle



Family: Cleridae

Subfamily: Clerinae

Length: 4-7 mm

At first glance this small, quick-moving little beetle may be mistaken for an ant.

Enoclerus rosmarus is a densely pubescent beetle, with the hairs densest toward the rear of the elytra.

Dillon & Dillon (1972) report that "adults occur on Greater Horseweed in particular." (Horseweeds are Asters in the genus Conyza.)

This species overwinters in the stems of a variety of herbaceous plants, including Sunflowers, Goldenrods, and Brown-Eyed Susans.

Insects of West Virginia