to order Order Coleoptera     to superfamily Superfamily Cleroidea 91,234 Views 
 previous family Phloiophilidae

Cleridae (checkered beetles)

Derodontidae next family 

The checkered beetles (Cleridae) are small to medium-sized, elongated, often brightly colored species. Worldwide about 3600 species have been described from virtually all biogeographical realms, in Central Europe and Germany 20 species are known to occur. Numerous species are visitors of flowers and feed on other insects, but also pollen. Other representatives of the family live on trees and under the bark and prey mainly on bark beetles and their larvae. Some species are scavengers, feeding on dry carrion and animal products (dried and smoked meat, hides, bones) and can become pests. The larvae are predaceous as well.

World: 3600 Europe: 70 Germany: 24 collected: 17 Missing species Overview in inquiry module fraction: 71%
Menu icon
   Hint Color of pronotum or elytra, total or partial, also metallic shine
Explanation of symbols
Distribution map
 Map sheet: -
Catalogue status
Missing species Cleridae (checkered beetles) – currently missing species (9)
 Denops albofasciatus
 Thaneroclerus buqueti
 Opilo pallidus
 Opilo domesticus
 Thanasimus pectoralis
 Trichodes ircutensis
 Enoplium serraticorne
 Tarsostenus carus
 Opetiopalpus scutellaris