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Common Black Ground Beetle

Pterostichus melanarius


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.


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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Texas, USA

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

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