|scientific name Carabus taedatus |
A xerophilus species, preferring open, gravelly soil, usually moraine, with thin, low vegetation.
Adults have been collected in June to September.
This species is in the subgenus Oreocarabus. A rather variable species, but common features are: Black, without any trace of metallic lustre, elytra often rufinistic. The raised margin of prothorax is better defined inwards than in nemoralis. The elytral sculpture is based on seven faint ridges on each interval between the rows of foveae but the ridges are irregular, often so obscure and confluent that the impression is of punctures arranged into winding rows. Length 16 to 26 mm.
Probably overwinters in the adult stage.
Both larvae and adults are predatory.
This species is found in Alaska and ranges through the western half of United States and most of Canada. In Alberta this species has been collected in most areas except the north west and south east regions.
Do these live in Arizona? I found one in my pool. Can send a pic if you need one.
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