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Clytra laeviscula, Ameisen-Sackkäfer

Clytra quadripunctata


about 1 cm long bug, with red shard and 2 black dots




These bugs let their eggs fall near ant hill, the ants carry the eggs to their nest, the larvas live among the ants, eat ant larvas, or anything else they can find. They protect themselves, by building a scat cover, so the ants ignore them.

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SusanEllison 10 years ago

is this a similar creature?

Yeah, I just lokked it up, the C levicuscula has a broad neck shield with wrinkly edge

Meik 10 years ago

I think this looks more like Clytra laeviscula, it has wider dark spots on the wings than the quadripunctata. Have a look:
The one I spotted has smaller spots.


Gemeinde Kottingbrunn, Niederösterreich, Austria

Spotted on Jun 5, 2011
Submitted on Jun 5, 2011

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