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Checkered Beetles of Texas - Family Cleridae

139 species of clerids have been recorded from Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm. 2022)
The following thumbnails illustrate over 70% of the Texas total.

Speciemens primarily shot at the TAMUIC and the UTIC insect collections.

Cymatodera -- Phyllobaenus -- Enoclerus -- Trichodes -- Pelonides -- Chariessa -- Necrobia

Subfamily Thaneroclerinae

Ababa tantilla (LeConte)  - Ababa tantilla

Subfamily Tillinae

Neocallotillus elegans (Erichson)  - Neocallotillus elegans Cymatoderella collaris (Spinola) - Cymatoderella collaris Cymatodera - Araeodontia peninsularis Araeodontia marginalis Barr 1952 - Araeodontia marginalis Cymatodera balteata LeConte    - Cymatodera balteata=Cymatodera balteata LeConte    - Cymatodera balteata=Cymatodera balteata LeConte - Cymatodera balteata - Cymatodera balteata LeConte 1854 - mostly Waco to Rio Grande, note: elongated reddish pronotum, main elytral band mostly straight edged, upper band often broken or even absent
Cymatodera sirpata Horn - Cymatodera sirpata=Cymatodera sirpata Horn - Cymatodera sirpata - Cymatodera sirpata Horn 1885 - common, Red River to Rio Grande, note: band edges not highly undulate, pale elytral apices
Cymatodera undulata (Say) - Cymatodera undulata=Checkered Beetle - Cymatodera undulata - Cymatodera undulata (Say 1825) - common, e. US to AZ, note: highly undulate edges of bands, dark elytral apices.
912W01 - Cymatodera wolcotti 912W01 - Cymatodera wolcotti - Cymatodera wolcotti Barr 1950 - uncommon, se US, very similar to, and possibly a synonym of, C. undulata
Cymatodera puncticollis Bland - Cymatodera puncticollis=Cymatodera puncticollis Bland - Cymatodera puncticollis=Cymatodera puncticollis Bland - Cymatodera puncticollis=Cymatodera puncticollis Bland - Cymatodera puncticollis - Cymatodera puncticollis Bland 1863 - AZ to c. TX
Cymatodera tuta? - Cymatodera Clerid Oaks, Junipers, Sycamores - Cymatodera antennata Cymatodera aegra-complex Cymatodera fuscula LeConte - Cymatodera fuscula Anthicidae? - Cymatodera pubescens
Cymatodera neomexicana Knull - Cymatodera neomexicana Cymatodera obliquefasciata Schaeffer - Cymatodera obliquefasciata Cymatodera horni Wolcott - Cymatodera horni Tillinae - Cymatodera fuchsii Cymatodera inornata (Say) - Cymatodera inornata Cymatodera latefascia
Cymatodera belfragei Horn - Cymatodera belfragei Cymatodera bicolor=Cymatodera bicolor  Lecontella brunnea (Spinola) - Lecontella brunnea Lecontella gnara Wolcott - Lecontella gnara  Monophylla terminata (Say) - Monophylla terminata - male=Monophylla terminata (Say) - Monophylla terminata - female Monophylla pallipes (Schaeffer) - Monophylla pallipes - female=Monophylla pallipes (Schaeffer) - Monophylla pallipes - male This is probably a male of Monophylla californica - Monophylla californica

Subfamily Hydnocerinae

Isohydnocera albocincta (Horn) - Isohydnocera albocincta Isohydnocera brunnea Chapin - Isohydnocera brunnea Isohydnocera schusteri (Leconte) - Isohydnocera schusteri Isohydnocera curtipennis (Newman) - Isohydnocera curtipennis=Checkered Beetle - Isohydnocera curtipennis beetle - Isohydnocera tabida Phyllobaenus humeralis (Say) - Phyllobaenus humeralis Phyllobaenus subfasciatus (LeConte) - Phyllobaenus subfasciatus Phyllobaenus unifasciatus (Say) - Phyllobaenus unifasciatus=Beetle - Phyllobaenus unifasciatus Phyllobaenus discoideus (LeConte) - Phyllobaenus discoideus Clerid - Phyllobaenus pallipennis=Phyllobaenus pallipennis (Say) - Phyllobaenus pallipennis=Phyllobaenus pallipennis (Say) - Phyllobaenus pallipennis Phyllobaenus verticalis (Say) - Phyllobaenus verticalis=Phyllobaenus verticalis (Say) - Phyllobaenus verticalis Phyllobaenus pubescens (LeConte) - Phyllobaenus pubescens Phyllobaenus knausii (Wickham) - Phyllobaenus knausii Phyllobaenus tricolor (Schaeffer) - Phyllobaenus tricolor Phyllobaenus - Phyllobaenus niveifascius Phyllobaenus caeruleipennis (Wolcott) - Phyllobaenus caeruleipennis Phyllobaenus sp.? - Phyllobaenus longus Phyllobaenus corticinus (Gorham)  - Phyllobaenus corticinus Phyllobaenus chapini Wolcott - Phyllobaenus chapini Phyllobaenus fallax (Wolcott) - Phyllobaenus fallax Phyllobaenus obscurus (Gorham) - Phyllobaenus obscurus Wolcottia pedalis (LeConte) - Wolcottia pedalis

Subfamily Clerinae

Perilypus ornaticollis (LeConte) - Perilypus ornaticollis Placopterus thoracicus (Olivier) - Placopterus thoracicus Priocera castanea (Newman) - Priocera castanea Thanasimus dubius (Fabricius) - Thanasimus dubius  Aulicus apachei Barr & Foster - Aulicus apachei Aulicus femoralis Schaeffer - Aulicus femoralis Aulicus monticola Aulicus dentipes Schaeffer - Aulicus dentipes Aulicus edwardsii (Horn) - Aulicus edwardsii Enoclerus quadrisignatus (Say) - Enoclerus quadrisignatus Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius) - Enoclerus ichneumoneus Enoclerus spinolae (LeConte) - Enoclerus spinolae Enoclerus nigripes (Say) - Enoclerus nigripes
Enoclerus lunatus Enoclerus rosmarus (Say) - Enoclerus rosmarus Enoclerus coccineus (Schenkling) - Enoclerus coccineus Enoclerus vetus Wolcott - Enoclerus vetus Enoclerus opifex (Gorham) - Enoclerus opifex
Enoclerus cordifer (LeConte) - Enoclerus cordifer Enoclerus laetus (Klug) ssp. abruptus (LeConte) - Enoclerus laetus=Enoclerus laetus (Klug) ssp. abruptus (LeConte) - Enoclerus laetus=Enoclerus laetus complex - Enoclerus laetus
Enoclerus viduus (Klug) - Enoclerus viduus Enoclerus lecontei (Wolcott) - Enoclerus lecontei Enoclerus moestus (Klug) - Enoclerus moestus Trichodes bibalteatus LeConte - Trichodes bibalteatus Trichodes bicinctus Green - Trichodes bicinctus=Trichodes bicinctus Green - Trichodes bicinctus Trichodes oresterus Wolcott - Trichodes oresterus Trichodes simulator Horn - Trichodes simulator Checkered beetle from Banff 10.07.09 - Trichodes ornatus=Checkered beetle from Yellowstone 10.07.07 - Trichodes ornatus=Ornate Checkered Beetle - Trichodes ornatus Trichodes peninsularis Beautiful Colors - Trichodes apivorus  

Subfamily Epiphloeinae

Madoniella dislocatus (Say) - Madoniella dislocata Madoniella rectangularis Opitz - Madoniella rectangularis Pennasolis merkeli (Horn) - Pennasolis merkeli Pyticeroides laticornis (Say) - Pyticeroides laticornis=Pyticeroides laticornis (Say) - Pyticeroides laticornis

Subfamily Enopliinae

Cregya america Opitz - Cregya america Cregya quadrinotata (Chevrolat) - Cregya quadrinotata Cregya mixta Cregya oculata Pelonium leucophaeum (Klug) - Pelonium leucophaeum Pelonium maculicolle Schaeffer - Pelonium maculicolle
Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)  - Pelonides granulatipennis - male=Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer) - Pelonides granulatipennis - male=Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)  - Pelonides granulatipennis - female - Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)  - AZ to s. TX
Pelonides quadripunctata (Say) - Pelonides quadripunctata - male=BG2604 E4170 - Pelonides quadripunctata=Pelonides quadripunctata (Say) - Pelonides quadripunctata - female - Pelonides quadripunctata (Say) - e. US
Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - Pelonides quadrinotata - male=Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - Pelonides quadrinotata - female=Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - Pelonides quadrinotata - female - Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman) - TX to KS
Melyrid - Pelonides humeralis=Clerid? - Pelonides humeralis - Pelonides humeralis (Horn) - AZ to w. & s. TX

Subfamily Neorthopleurinae

Lebasiella pallipes (Klug) - Lebasiella pallipes Neorthopleura texana (Bland) - Neorthopleura texana=Neorthopleura texana (Bland) - Neorthopleura texana Neorthopleura thoracica (Say) - Neorthopleura thoracica

Subfamily Peloniinae

Chariessa pilosa (Forster) - Chariessa pilosa - male Chariessa texana Wolcott - Chariessa texana - male=Chariessa pilosa/texana - Chariessa texana - female Art show gift - Chariessa catalina Chariessa elegans (Cleridae) - Chariessa elegans
Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita=south Texas Chariessa - Chariessa vestita=Blue Beetle on my cut crape myrtle branches - Chariessa vestita

Subfamily Tarsosteninae

Tarsostenus univittatus

Subfamily Korynetinae

another cow carcass beetle - Necrobia ruficollis Necrobia rufipes (De Geer)  - Necrobia rufipes Necrobia violacea (Linnaeus, 1758) - Necrobia violacea

Select bibliography:

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Barr, W.F. 1972. New species of North American Cymatodera (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Entomologische Arbeiten aus dem Museum G. Frey 23: 1-32.

Barr, W.F. 1975. Family Cleridae. Volume 4. Family 73. Pp. 1-18. In: R.H. Arnett, Jr. (ed.). Checklist of the beetles of North and Central America and the West Indies. Flora and Fauna Publications; Gainesville, FL.

Barr, W.F. 2005. New species and new distributional records for Mexican Pelonium (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Enopliinae). Folia entomol. Mexicana 44(Supl. 1): 55-62.

Barr, W.F. and D.E. Foster. 1979. Revision of the genus Aulicus (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Melanderia 33: 1–31.

Barr W.F. and J. Rifkind. 2009. Two new and one resurrected species of Enoclerus Gahan (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae) from the western United States. Zootaxa 2168: 57-62.

Burke, A.F. 2013. Six new species of Cymatodera from Mexico and Central America and the retention of Cymatodera obliquefasciata as a valid name (Cleridae, Tillinae). ZooKeys 299: 49–75.

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Foster, D.E. 1976. Revision of North American Trichodes (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Texas Tech University Special Publications No. 11. 86 p.

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