Natural History Photographs

Cleridae is a family of carnivorous beetles. The larvae of some species, e.g. in the genus Trichodes, live in the nests of bee larvae; they consume both the bee larva and the stored pollen, so they are both predator and kleptoparasite. They are especially associated with bees of the subfamily Megachilidae.
Trichodes alvearius
Mesnois (Jura), France; 15 July 2009.
Trichodes crabroniformis
Letoon (Muğla), Turke; 10 June 2009.
Trichodes reichei
Kalinağaç (Şanliurfa), Turkey; 10 June 2011.