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8-Spotted Soldier Beetle; Escarabajo de ocho puntos

Trichodes octopunctatus


T. octopunctatus is a species of Soldier or Checkered beetle belonging to the family Cleridae. It is a very hairy beetle with black head and scutellum. The elongated elytra show a bright red colour, each with four black spots. It is a very intense pollinator due to its high hairiness. Due to its coloration predator confuse it with a toxic species. This special case of mimicry is called "Batesian mimicry"


On a rockrose flower (Cistus ladanifer) surrounded by Lobonyx aeneus. Evergreen oak forest.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. No Flash

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arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks Gilma

Nice spotting, arlanda.
Thanks for the information and ID on the flower also, they are gorgeous, look like paper flowers.... : )

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

:-) Fluffy for good pollination!

arlanda 6 years ago

I guess that is the reason why it is so hairy!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago


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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 6, 2014
Submitted on Jun 17, 2014

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