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Trichodes alvearius

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 May 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtige details !

3 May 2012 7:57am

L'angevine from Angers, France

j'apprécie la couleur de la fleur

3 May 2012 8:01am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
so beautiful colors!!!!

3 May 2012 3:01pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

trop beau !

3 May 2012 6:17pm

Sterre from Netherlands

Een schitterende foto met prachtige details.
Vooral de scherpte op de kever, het lijkt wel of de haartjes van goud zijn.

3 May 2012 9:17pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm