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Tribe Pterostichini - Woodland Ground Beetles

Pterostichus sp.? - Pterostichus femoralis Larva on river terrace Probably Myas coracinus - Myas coracinus Pterostichus algidus - male Woodland Ground Beetle - Pterostichus Carabid - Pterostichus Pterostichus protractus LeConte 1860 - Pterostichus protractus - female ground beetle? - Pterostichus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Harpalinae
Supertribe Pterostichitae
Tribe Pterostichini (Woodland Ground Beetles)
Numbers
~250 species in 12 genera in our area(1); thousands of spp. worldwide
Identification
Medium-sized to fairly large, dark, carabids. Distinctive in "having a crossed elytral epipleuron near the apex of the elytron." (2)
Range
throughout NA and much of the world
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Ground Beetles and Wrinkled Bark Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2000. Clemson University.