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Species Amara familiaris

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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 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)
Size
5.6-7.2 mm(1)
Identification
the combination of dorsal dark metallic luster, uniformly pale legs, and antennae with first three segments yellow is distinctive among similar spp.
Range
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)
Habitat
fields, orchards, sand/gravel pits, roadsides, meadows, forest edges/clearings, usually on sandy soils(1)
Season
spring breeder(1)
Remarks
earliest records in our area: RI 1900 in the east, WA 1913 in the west(2)