Trichodes ornatus, the ornate checkered beetle. California.

Don’t let the pretty colors fool you. Trichodes ornatus, like many checkered beetles, is a fierce predator whose larvae attack the young of wood-boring insects.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60

ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper.


  1. #1 MrILoveTheAnts
    February 27, 2009

    I wonder how effective they are at pollinating. I see pollen on it’s back.

  2. #2 Ted C. MacRae
    February 28, 2009

    I have seen these beetles loaded with pollen – they seem to be especially fond of rosaceous flowers.


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