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Species Amara familiaris

Ground Beetle - Amara familiaris - female Ground Beetle - Amara familiaris Carabid - Amara familiaris carabid - Amara familiaris Black Beetle - Amara familiaris Amara familiaris - male Amara - Amara familiaris Amara - Amara familiaris
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 Zabrini (Seed-Eating Ground Beetles)
Genus Amara (Seed-Eating Ground Beetles)
No Taxon (subgenus Amara)
Species familiaris (Amara familiaris)
Explanation of Names
Amara familiaris (Duftschmid 1812)
5.6-7.2 mm(1)
the combination of dorsal dark metallic luster, uniformly pale legs, and antennae with first three segments yellow is distinctive among similar spp.
native to the Palearctic, adventive in NA and now widespread both in the east (NF-SK to n.FL-MS-OK) and in the west (se.AK to c.CA & w.MT)(2)
fields, orchards, sand/gravel pits, roadsides, meadows, forest edges/clearings, usually on sandy soils(1)
spring breeder(1)
earliest records in our area: RI 1900 in the east, WA 1913 in the west(2)