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Snail-killer Carabid

Scaphinotus angusticollis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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


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6 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 days ago

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

Brian38
Brian38 a week 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 a week ago

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

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a week ago

Strangely attractive beetle and I like your shots Brian38.

Brian38
Brian38 a week ago

Thank you Tukup.

Tukup
Tukup a week ago

Amazing creature Brian. Very nice spotting. Thanks.

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Issaquah, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.53, Long: -121.99

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

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