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Pilose Checkered Beetle

Chariessa pilosa (Forster, 1781)

Family Cleridae, Subfamily Enopliinae


Pilose Checkered Beetle - Chariessa pilosa (Forster)


Deep Fork NWR, Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co., Oklahoma
June 7, 2003 (Charles Schurch Lewallen)


One of the most common species in eastern forests from Canada to Florida, west to Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas (Wolcott, 1947).

Adult Activity: April through July in North Carolina (Brimley, 1938)


Both larvae and adults are predacious. Larvae feed on eggs, larvae and adults of wood-boring beetles in galleries of various hardwoods. Adults are often observed feeding on insects attracted to freshly cut logs during the summer. 

Similar Species: Four species of Chariessa widely distributed in North America (Arnett et al, 2002). 

Texas Taxa:

Chariessa elegans Horn
Chariessa pilosa (Forster)
Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat)

Weblinks: Family Cleridae - Checkered Beetles

Clerid ID Aids

North American Cleridae associated with conifers - Bruce D. Ayres & W. F. Barr.
A Guide to the Cleridae of Atlantic Canada - Christopher Majka

Etymology: Chariessa pilosa (Forster, 1781)

char (G). Graceful
pilos (L). Hairy


Johann Reinhold Forster (1729 – 1798) - Wikipedia
Johann Georg Adam Forster (1754 - 1794) - Wikipedia


Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL. xiv + 861 pp.

Barr, W.F. 1962. A key to the genera and a classification of the North American Cleridae (Coleoptera). Coleopterists’s Bulletin 16(4): 121-127.

Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. v + 134 pp.

Böving, A.G., & A.B. Champlain. 1920. Larvae of North American beetles of the family Cleridae: Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 57: 575–649. 

Brimley, C. S. 1938. The Insects of North Carolina. Being a List of the Insects of North Carolina and Their Close Relatives. North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Raleigh. 560 pp.

Drooz, A.T. (editor). 1985. Insects of eastern forests. Miscellaneous Publication 1426. USDA, Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 608 pp.

Knull, J.N. 1951. The Checkered beetles of Ohio (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin, 8(42): 268-350.  

White, R.E. 1983. A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 368 pp.

Wolcott, A. B. 1908. The North American species of Chariessa. Entomological News, 19: 70-72.

Wolcott, A. B. 1947. Catalogue of North American Beetles of the Family Cleridae. Fieldiana: Zoology, 32(2): 61-105.

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