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Trichodes Checkered beetle

Trichodes alvearius

Description:

Trichodes alvearius is a species of Soldier or Checkered beetle belonging to the family Cleridae. 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. It was spotted while foraging on a daucus carota flower, in a prairie in Tzoumerka mpuntains National park, Epirus region, Greece.



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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Ηπείρου - Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, Greece

Lat: 39.48, Long: 21.20

Spotted on Aug 2, 2017
Submitted on Aug 8, 2017

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