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scientific name    Poecilus scitulus    

habitat
Margin of prairie sloughs and alkaline ponds on clayish soil, with grasses.

seasonality
Adults collected May to October.

identification
Small and slender. Black, entire upper surface with greenish or bluish lustre, often more developed laterally; appendages hardly paler, except that the three basal segments of antennae are rufous. Antennae with more poorly developed carina at base than in the other two species in this group. Prothorax with sides clearly sinuate before the about right, or slightly obtuse, hind angles; outer latero-basal foveae so close to side margin that the interlying convexity is like a carina. Elytra with at least outer striae punctulate, intervals more or less convex, 2 dorsal punctures behind middle. Metepisterna with impressed line parallel with side margin. Length 8.5 to 11.5 mm.

life history
No information available.

conservation
Relatively common.

diet info
Both larvae and adults predatory.

range
This species is recorded from the western half of United States and Canada. In Alberta this species is recorded from the southeastern one third.

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=4971



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