Texas Beetle Information

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4-spotted Checkered Beetle

Pelonides quadripunctatus (Say, 1823)

Family Cleridae, Subfamily Enopliinae


Pelonides quadripunctatus (Say)

Pelonides quadripunctatus (Say)

(male (L), female (R), note antennal differences)

Utley, Bastrop County, Texas
April 10, 2007 (B Freeman)

15-20 clerids were actively feeding on the Pyracantha flowers

Range: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio (Wilcott, 1947)

Adult Activity: April (Taber & Fleenor 2005)

Biology: Adults visit flowers of Allium, Pyracantha, Cornus, Crataegus, Prosopis, Quercus.

Similar Species: Three species of Pelonides from central and southwestern United States (Arnett et al, 2002). 

Texas Taxa:

Pelonides granulatipennis (Schaeffer)
humeralis (Horn) 
Pelonides quadripunctatus (Say)

Synonyms: quadripunctata, quadripunctatum

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

Biography: Thomas Say (1787 – 1834) - 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. 861 pp.

Blatchley, W.S. 1910. An Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of the Coleoptera or Beetles (Exclusive of Rhynchophora) Known to Occur in Indiana. Nature Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Ind.  1385 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. 

Say, T. 1823. Description of coleopterous insects collected on the late expedition to the Rocky Mountains, performed by order of Mr. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under the command of Major Long. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 3: 139-216.

Taber, S.W. & S.B. Fleenor. 2005. Invertebrates of Central Texas Wetlands. Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock. xi + 328 pp.

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

08 Jul 2007  © Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information