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scientific name    Carabus nemoralis    

Pronouncedly synanthropic, restricted to cultivated ground, even in parks & gardens in the cities.

Adults have been collected in May to October.

This species, in the subgenus Archicarabus, is a European introduction. Black or dark piceous, upper surface more or less cupreous or greenish bronze, sides of prothorax, and often elytra, usually violaceous. Elytron with three rows of foveae and on each interval with suggestion of five ridges, so irregular and confluent as to give a scaly appearance. Length 21 to 26 mm.

life history
Overwinters in the adult stage.


diet info
Both larvae and adults are predatory.

This species ranges across the northern half of United States and most of Canada (not recorded from Manitoba). In Alberta most of the specimens have been collected in the Edmonton area, and a single specimen from Cold Lake (central Alberta near Alberta-Saskatchewan border).

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margie (2009-09-05)
this beetle is damn hot. i love it in every way.

Don (2010-05-05)
Photographed one in Combs Wash, Utah within 100 yards of 800 year-old stone watch tower from cliff dwelling period.
Strange to find it the newcomer. Saw several in desert terrain.

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