Trichodes alvearius (NL: Behaarde bijenwolf / EN: ? / DE: Zottiger Bienenkäfer / FR: Trichode des ruches, Clairon) is a species of Soldier or Checkered beetle belonging to the family Cleridae, subfamily Clerinae. Trichodes alvearius is a very hairy beetle with black head and scutellum. The elongated elytra show a bright red colour with black bands. This species can easily be distinguished from Trichodes apiarius by the black stripe down the middle of the back (along the inner edge of the elytra) and the red apex, not reached by the black terminal stain. It does not fly readily, relying instead on its warning coloration to protect itself from predators. Perhaps this is why the beetle stayed so well during the "photoshoot", sitting on the orchid Anacamptis papilionacea "expansa" (more info on the orchid-species will follow soon...)
Image: Vizzini (IT-SI) - 06/04/2012
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