|scientific name Scaphinotus marginatus |
Rather eurytopic, though in southern regions mainly in the forests, near the margin of brooks.
Adults have benn collected in May to August.
This is the only species of Scaphinotus found in Alberta. Black, fore-body sometimes faintly bluish or violaceous, elytra from bright coppery to black, margins always with bluish, greenish, violaeous or golden lustre. Prothorax with sigle lateral seta each side, near middle. Elytral sculpture rough, consisting of 14-16 deep, punctured striae, at times rather irregular. Length 11.5 to 19 mm.
Nocturnal. Overwinters in the larval stage. Adults may live more than one year.
Adults feed on snails. Larvae are probably predatory.
This species is found in northwestern United Staes and western Canada. In Alberta this species is known from west central regions.
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