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Ground Beetle (male)

Anisodactylus rusticus


I never knew how beautiful black beetles could be until I got on my knees and looked myself!

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

V Belov has tentatively IDed this as Anisodactylus rusticus.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thanks so much Laura and Livian!
Livian, I was thinking along the same lines as you, genus Amara or Harpalus, though it seems those have shinier exoskeletons.
v belov over at bugguide has identified it as a male Anisodactylus.
Thanks again Livian for the help, and Laura for the kind comment!

LivanEscudero 8 years ago

I think it's a Seed-Eating Ground Beetle subgenus Amara similar to if not this one:

LauraMaria 8 years ago

Oh wow, this is gorgeous, J!! I love the detail, what a beautiful critter :) Afraid I can't offer much on the ID side though!

Jacob Gorneau
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Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Oct 5, 2012
Submitted on Oct 5, 2012

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