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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

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Species Clivina fossor

Clivina impressifrons - Clivina fossor Scaritin - Clivina fossor Scaritin - Clivina fossor Clivina fossor Carabid - Clivina fossor Clivina fossor? - Clivina fossor Ground Beetle - Clivina fossor Clivina fossor (QC) - Clivina fossor
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 Scaritinae
Tribe Clivinini
Subtribe Clivinina
Genus Clivina
No Taxon (subgenus Clivina)
Species fossor (Clivina fossor)
Explanation of Names
Clivina fossor (Linnaeus 1758)
2 sspp. total; in our area, C. f. fossor(1)
5.5-6.5 mm(2)
dorsum uniformly dark or pronotal disc paler(2)
native to the Palaearctic, adventive in NA and now widespread in ne. & nw. NA (NF-ON-MN to PA-?IL-WI; BC-OR to SK-WY)(1)(3)
open/wet places: fields, orchards, gravel/sand pits, roadsides, water margins, forest edges/clearings(2)
Life Cycle
earliest record in our area: QC 1915(1)