The Bug Geek

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Checkered beetle in my kitchen

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.

2 responses to “Checkered beetle in my kitchen

  1. Ted C. MacRae December 4, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    Enoclerus nigripes rufiventris looks good to me.

    Clerids are yet another of the many groups that distract me from focused study!

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