red-blue checkered beetle

(Trichodes nutalli)

Conservation Status
red-blue checkered beetle
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Each wing cover (elytron) is metalic bluish-black or greenish-black with three bright red horizontal stripes. Each stripe extends from the lateral margin almost but not quite to the inner margin (suture). The first two stripes are broad and are joined at the lateral margin forming a C-shaped mark. The rear stripe is narrower. There is a small black spot in the shoulder (humeral) area.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 5 16 to long

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Meadows, fields with flowers, gardens.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

June to August

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Larvae of wasps and bees.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Thrips and other small insects, pollen.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
  6/30/2022      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Coleoptera (beetles)  
 

Suborder

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, long-horned, leaf, and snout beetles)  
 

Infraorder

Cucujiformia  
 

Superfamily

Cleroidea (bark-gnawing, checkered, and soft-winged flower beetles)  
 

Family

Cleridae (checkered beetles)  
 

Subfamily

Clerinae  
 

Genus

Trichodes  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Nuttall’s shaggy beetle

red-blue checkered beetle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened or leathery forewings of beetles used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying. Singular: elytron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Luciearl

 
 

Many of these insects were found on daisies in the ditch. They seem to only prefer daisies.

 
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  Luciearl
6/29/2022

Location: Fairview Twp, Cass County

Many of these insects were found on daisies in the ditch. They seem to only prefer daisies.

red-blue checkered beetle  
  Kirk Nelson
6/18/2016

Location: Wild River State Park

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