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Snail-killer Carabid

Scaphinotus angusticollis


Ground beetle that hunts for snails. 2 to 2.2 cm long. The narrow head and extended mouth parts allow the beetle to reach farther into a snails shell to consume the entire soft body. The abdomen appears glossy when wet and it was raining that day.


Spotted on an unused gravel road that serviced power poles. Dense mixed forest.

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Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

How did I miss this? An insect that eats snails...well, live and learn, I guess. Congrats on the nomination...Good luck.

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you very much Tukup.

Tukup 3 years ago

Congratulations on the nomination Brian. Very unusual creature.

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Neil for the kind words and thank you Ashley for the nomination.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Congrats on your nomination for SOTW, Brian.

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Poor snails. That bug means business. Wonderful spotting and pics, Brian.

Brian38 3 years ago

Thanks Leuba and Mark. I was amazed at how fast the beetle could run across the gravel road it was in. I was struggling to keep up with only my phone camera.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Wow that fused red elytra is stunning... especially in the dark world of Carabidae.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Strangely attractive beetle and I like your shots Brian38.

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Tukup.

Tukup 3 years ago

Amazing creature Brian. Very nice spotting. Thanks.

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Issaquah, Washington, United States

Spotted on Sep 9, 2019
Submitted on Sep 10, 2019

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