Checkered beetle in my kitchen
December 3, 2009
Posted by on
I found a little checkered beetle in my kitchen. It was traipsing across the edge of a clean plate that was drying next to the sink. I took a picture of it sitting in a pill container. The flash went off; it curled into a little ball and twitched. I think I killed it.
Oh, wait, no, it’s ok now.
I really wish I knew something about lenses and proper lighting and stuff, although once I fiddled with the brightness/colour a bit the image turned out not terrible. The little guy is approximately 4-5mm in length. Clubbed antennae, hairs covering the entire body, pretty yellowish pattern on the elytra. If I had to take a stab at it, based on my new favourite link for all things Enoclerus-ish, I think it’s a Enoclerus nigripes rufiventris (Coleoptera: Cleridae).
I don’t know if it’s because we live in the country or because we often are guilty of leaving the lights on, but our house seems to have a Welcome mat on the door for random, out-of-season insects. It’s pretty fun, especially during the long, dark, winter months. I’ll keep introducing y’all to my new houseguests as they make themselves known to me.