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Other beetleTrogodendron fasciculatum

Yellow-horned clerid at Bermagui, NSW

Trogodendron fasciculatum at Bermagui, NSW - 11 Jan 2018

Identification history

Other beetle Trogodendron fasciculatum 20 Jan 2018 KerriLee
Other beetle Trogodendron fasciculatum 20 Jan 2018 KerriLee
Unidentified 16 Jan 2018 AndrewMorrison

Author's notes

Some sort of wasp mimic beetle (Longicorn?). Quite a few on a WA flowering gum with lots of borer damage - caused by larvae of these beetles?? Moved in very wasp like fashion - jerky with madly waving antennae

2 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   17 Jan 2018
Hi Andrew ... this looks to be a a Checkered Beetle (Family: Cleridae), and in particular 'the Yellowhorned Clerid" (Trogodendron fasciculatum - or fasciculatus, in some references). This species actually preys upon longicorn beetle larvae, so perhaps that it was why they are prowling about a tree with borer damage. Here are a couple of links to info and images:
http://www.ces.csiro.au/aicn/system/c_723.htm
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:a727bae2-377a-4918-8598-0c3b031b1b39#overview
KerriLee wrote:
   17 Jan 2018
Oh, and yes, many beetles in this family do mimic other insects, including ants and wasps. It is an Australian endemic.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 11 Jan 2018 Recorded on
  • AndrewMorrison Recorded by
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