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Read's Landing, Wabasha County, Minnesota, USA
August 1, 1996
Size: 10 mm

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Carabidae Carabidae Carabidae Carabidae

Moved from Ground Beetles.

This female harpaline might be Notiobia terminata
based on my initial reaction to the expanded rufous lateral margins of pronotum. Perhaps a photo illusion, but the head seems proportionatly too large for Notiobia. Head size more like that of Harpalus, possibly subgenus Pseudoophonus with bright yellowish legs shown. I presume you are aware of the Ground Beetles of Minnesota by Gandhi et al. (2005). Full citation appears in 2012 catalogue by Yves Bousquet.

Peter W. Messer: I just submitted photos of a similar specimen from 7/16/96 that has the same rufous lateral margins. Does this help at all with ID?

All images suggest a rather common harpaline --
but which one? These photos are slightly beyond my limits of confidence. In future please strive for at least one good dorsal shot that is perfectly perpendicular. I mostly judge carabid species on their dorsal habitus views, with my extra attention given to the features of their pronota. Sorry for now. Hopefully another carabid person will weigh in with an opinion.

Thank you Peter. I will work on better dorsal views.

Thank you for your comments. I will try to get ahold of Gandhi's paper.

Moved from ID Request.

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