Carabus nemoralis (Mueller, 1764) Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)---Beetles (Coleoptera)---Adephaga----Ground beetles (Carabidae)----Carabinae----Carabini---Carabus---archicarabus---C. a. nemoralis

The "European Ground beetle" is an attractive introduced species from (you guessed it!) Europe. This is one of the species that have its wings fused together; obviously having wings while burrowing under ground just causes un-needed trouble. Apparently this beetle is actually placed in a subgenus named archicarabus. In winter many of these fairly large insects snuggle up under bark and sometimes come indoors into basements in the Adult stage of their life.

This species is now found throughout North America since its introduction and is often seen on sidewalks and in gardens. They are mainly nocturnal and do sometimes come to lights at night (only ones near the ground or that have easy access that a beetle can crawl up. It is similar to the Fiery hunter but lacks the coloured "studs" (though it does have colourless studs in its place) and is not found in such urban environments.

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