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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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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 days ago

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

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 a week ago

Thank you Tukup.

Tukup a week ago

Amazing creature Brian. Very nice spotting. Thanks.

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Issaquah, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.53, Long: -121.99

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

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