Enoclerus Gahan : predators of chemically protected ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Cleridae and Coccinellidae)

  • Four species of the genus Enoclerus (Coleoptera: Cleridae) are reported to prey on chemically protected Coccinellidae in North America. The possibility that aposematically colored Enoclerus also mimic prey ladybird species is discussed, and the further possibility that clerid predators acquire chemical protection through sequestration of ladybird prey’s toxic alkaloids is suggested as an important avenue of investigation. The data presented are primarily based on photographs taken by non-specialists, discovered through Internet search. The crowdsourcing of natural history observations can reveal aspects of animal behavior heretofore unreported and even unsuspected.

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Author:Jacques RifkindORCiD
Parent Title (English):Insecta mundi : a journal of world insect systematics
Series (Serial Number):Insecta Mundi (514)
Publisher:Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc.
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Date of Publication (online):2016/12/05
Year of first Publication:2016
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/12/05
Tag:Batesian mimicry; Clerid predation; Müllerian mimicry; acquired distastefulness; clerid mimicry
Page Number:8
First Page:1
Last Page:5
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 3.0