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Trichodes apiarius

Trichodes apiarius
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-11 1:49
Viewed: 1204
Points: 34
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Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cleridae
Genus: Trichodes
Species:T. apiarius

Trichodes apiarius is a beetle species of checkered beetles belonging to the family Cleridae, subfamily Clerinae.
These beetles are found in most of Europe, in East Palearctic ecozone and in North Africa.
It is an hairy small beetle with shining blue or black head and scutellum. The elongated elytra show a bright red colour with black bands. This species can easily be distinguished from Trichodes alvearius for the black terminal band reaching the apex of elytra.
At the larval stage, these beetles are parasites of bees (hence the name apiarius), as the adults lay the eggs in the nests of solitary bees (Osmia and Megachile species) or in hives of honey bees, eating larvae and nymphs of their victims.
The adults grow up to 916 millimetres (0.350.63 in) and can be encountered from May through June on the flowers, mainly Apiaceae, feeding on the pollen. However, they integrate their diet with small insects that they actively hunt.


Trichodes apiarius (Linnaeus, 1758) un coleottero polifago appartenente alla famiglia Cleridae, diffuso in Europa, Asia e Nordafrica.
Si tratta di un piccoli coleotteri molto pelosi, con capo e protorace nero-bluastri e brillanti. Le elitre sono di un rosso vivo a bande nere, ed hanno forma tipicamente allungata (come di regola nei Cleridae) a ricoprire interamente l'addome. possibile distinguere facilmente questa specie rispetto alla congenere Trichodes alvearius (Fabricius, 1792) per la presenza di una banda nera terminale in prossimit dell'apice delle elitre.
Gli adulti depongono le uova nei nidi di api (da cui l'epiteto specifico "apiarius") appartenenti ai generi Osmia e Megachile. Quando le larve si sviluppano all'interno dell'alveare, attaccano gli stadi larvali e le ninfe delle loro vittime.
Gli adulti crescono fino ad una lunghezza di 9-16 millimetri e si possono rinvenire da maggio a giugno principalmente sui fiori delle Apiaceae, da cui suggono il polline. Tuttavia, essi integrano la dieta con piccoli insetti (spesso altri coleotteri) che cacciano attivamente.

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Hello Luciano!
Very fine close-up shot of this two colored beetle. Great sharpness and details as one can clearly see the tiny hair on beetle's body. The white flower it is sitting on and a greenish BG are making it a lovely composition overall. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hi luciano

nice macro of this beetel. Nature is so colourful...good contrast of red and black.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-11 4:34]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent macro in beautiful bright and striking colours. Great sharpness, details and DOF.

Hello Luciano-Beautiful beetle.Attractive colour.As usual good quality.Nice POV with good details.Splendid shot my friend.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-11 9:29]

Ciao Lucinao,
Superb macro of beautiful beetle ..
Fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus.
Best wishes,

hallo Luciano
super colours and good composition
i like this beetle with the nice painting
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano, gran bel rossonero, piacer sicuramente a Roberto, gran macro, ottima nitidezza, splendidi colori e magnifici dettagli, bravo, ci si risente tra una settimana, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-07-11 13:43]

fantastic shot again on every respect Luciano; .. the insect on the fg with superb detail and contrasted colours, surrounded by such a beautiful flower makes up such a remarkable compo, .. TFS mate


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Well demonstrated...

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-07-12 4:48]

Very nice picture of this Trichodes. I like the color and the good presentation. We have this especies around here. Congratulation. Saludos.

E infatti appresso i colori come non mai! Ottimo dettaglio anche sul fiore.


Hi Luciano, The macro of this beetle is awesome. Wonderful natural colors and tones along with details. Beautiful POV and DOF along with fantastic composition. Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-15 0:11]

Hello Luciano
splendid capture from the top. Exciting colours and well managed composition. how lively to see the shiny body of the beetle.


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  • dip (59)
  • [2014-07-21 8:15]

Ciao Luciano,
wonderful vivid colours,very good sharpness!
thanks for sharing,

Interesting beerle, tfs and greetings Ori

Hello Luciano

Great macro of this insect over its flower,
fine POV from the top, great ficus, sharpness,
details, and contrast, TFS


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