Image Number: 1322036

This predatory beetle, Thanasimus formicarius, can eat about three pine shoot beetles daily for up to 3 months. The pine shoot beetle is a destructive pest of pine trees in about 150 U.S. counties.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Cucujiformia
Superfamily: Cleroidea
Family: Cleridae
Subfamily: Clerinae
Tribe: Clerini
Genus: Thanasimus
Subject: Thanasimus formicarius (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Image last updated:
Wednesday, March 12, 2003