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Checkered Beetle

Lebasiella pallipes


The head, thorax and legs are red or orange, the elytra are black, but sometimes look metallic blueish. Between 3 and 5 mm in length. The head is held downwards but still visible below the thorax, the antennae have the last 3 segments expanded. These beetles are predaceous. Family Cleridae, subfamily Orthopleurinae.


During May I was finding between 3 to 5 of these beetles every day in my bedroom window. I have no idea where so many are coming from inside the house. San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Outside is Oak-pine forest, 2,200 meters.


Many thanks to Francisco Acosta and Clerid for the identification.

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San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on May 30, 2019
Submitted on Jul 14, 2019

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