>700 spp. in 17 subgenera worldwide, 48 spp. in 4 subgenera in our area, as follows:(1)
: 1 sp. (L. lecontei
, TX & AZ)
: 1 sp. (L. divisa
, Great Plains: KS & CO to so. Canada & IN)
subg. Lebia s. str.
: 38 spp.
Medium-sized/small, often vividly colored carabids with wide, flattened elytra
Revision of NA fauna in(2)
Adults of 14 spp. shown in(3)
worldwide and throughout NA (north to YT & n. PQ)(1)
Found on foliage and on ground
Typically late spring to mid-summer + fall; adults overwinter; two generations per year in south
Predatory on small insects; some parasitize leaf beetle larvae
In summer, adults often active on foliage during the day, unusual for ground beetles
, including part of key for this genus)