Division of Arthropods

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Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Fiery Searcher Ground Beetle

Fiery Searcher Ground Beetle

Photo by D.C. Lightfoot

Hexapoda, Coleoptera, Carabidae, Calosoma scrutator

Description: Large bright green beetle with flattened body and long legs.

Geographic Distribution: Throughout southern New Mexico. Native.

Habitats: Associated with deciduous trees, such as riparian areas along rivers and streams. Also in urban areas where trees are dense. Entirely outdoors.

Biology: Adults occur in the summer, and wander on the ground and climb trees in search of caterpillars on which they feed. The larvae are predators of other insects in the soil.

Health/pest Status: Fiery searcher ground beetles are beneficial insects that prey on caterpillars.