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Crawlies with Cri

Christy Pitto

This week’s crawly is bold and beneficial. Meet Chariessa elegans, a checkered beetle. While they don’t have a common name, we’ll call them the “elegant checkered beetle” for simplicity; “elegant” for short.

Checkered beetles are in the Family Cleridae, a family with at least 300 species in North America. While elegant sports solid, bold colors, most checkered beetles do . . .