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Trichodes apiarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Synonym
  • Attelabus apiarius Linnaeus, 1758
  • Trichodes apivore Walckenaer, 1802
  • Trichodes apicita Spinola, 1844
  • Trichodes georgianus Chevrolat, 1874
  • Trichodes angusticollis Pic, 1902
  • Trichodes suturalis Trella, 1924
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Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Pollinator species
Remarks
Detail
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 9–16 millimetres (0.35–0.63 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.
Book reference
  • Król Ż. Fauna koleopterologiczna Janowa pod Lwowem // Sprawozdanie Komisyi Fizyjograficznej. – Kraków, 1877. – 11. – S.33-63.
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Biota
Eukaryota
Animalia
Eumetazoa
Arthropoda
Hexapoda
Insecta
Coleoptera
Cleridae