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Common Black Ground Beetle

Pterostichus melanarius

Description:

Broad prothorax with denticulate hind angles. This ground beetle can grow a little over half an inch long. Nearly all black with some dark reddish-brown coloring on antennae and legs. Many grooves run lengthwise down the elytra.

Habitat:

Eating some kind of dead debris on the path through an urban park. They usually prey on the following: caterpillars, grubs, other species of beetles, flymaggots and pupae, aphids, weevils, earthworms, slugs, snails and other soft-bodied creatures.

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gatorfellows
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gatorfellows

Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 31, 2013
Submitted on Nov 2, 2013

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