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Species Amara aenea - Common Sun Beetle

Amara sp. - Amara aenea Amara sp. - Amara aenea Common sun beetle - Amara aenea  Ground Beetle - Amara aenea - female Amara? - Amara aenea Pool party 6 - Amara aenea Ground beetle - Amara aenea Black Beetle - Amara aenea
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 aenea (Common Sun Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Amara aenea (DeGeer 1774)
6.2-8.8 mm(1)
native to n. Eurasia, adventive in NA and now widespread both in the east (NF-MB south to n.FL-n.LA-ne.OK) and in the west (so.BC-CA to se.AB-CO-n.AZ)(2)
fields, orchards, roadsides, sand pits, usually on dry sandy soils; occasionally on plants(1)
spring breeder(1)
earliest record in our area: before 1828; first inventoried specimens: NY 1904 in the east, CA 1941 in the west(2)