Friday, March 24, 2017

N. 62: E. Tihelka

G. it. Ent., 14 (62): 745-750
March 2017

Contribution to the Knowledge of Slovenian Checkered Beetles
(Coleoptera: Cleridae)

by

ERIK TIHELKA *

* Vidoulská 18, Praha 5, 158 00 CZECH REPUBLIC. E-mail: erik@yourbeehouse.cz

Abstract - Beetles of the family Cleridae have diverse natural histories and distribution ranges. Unfortunately, our knowledge on the latter is largely incomplete. This is especially apparent when studying Balkan Checkered beetles. In the present contribution, Thanasimus femoralis (Zetterstedt, 1828) and Tillus pallidipennis Bielz, 1850 are reported from Slovenia for the first time. Two unlabeled specimens of Tilloidea transversalis (Charpentier, 1825) and Opetiopalpus scutellaris (Panzer, 1797), that have not been reported from the territory before, likely originate from Slovenia as well. In addition, the rare clerid beetle, Dermestoides sanguinicollis (Fabricius, 1787), that was last reported from Slovenia in the 1870s, is deposited in the collections. Some of these species were last collected in the Slovenian territory over 50 years ago and their rediscovery would be interesting. Therefore, detailed information on the species biogeography and biology is provided.