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Genus Calosoma - Caterpillar Hunters

Caterpillar Hunter Larva ? - Calosoma Big Green Beetle - Calosoma scrutator Beetle eating moth - Calosoma Green Beetle with Blue head - Calosoma scrutator 9015878 Calosoma - Calosoma frigidum - female Moderately large, dark green beetle - Calosoma wilcoxi Calosoma scrutator Beetle - Calosoma scrutator
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 Carabinae
Tribe Carabini
Genus Calosoma (Caterpillar Hunters)
Other Common Names
Searchers, along with genus Carabus. Both of these are in the tribe Carabini.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
taxonomy in the guide follows(1), not(2)
Explanation of Names
Calosoma Weber 1801
From Greek kalos (καλος) 'pretty, beautiful' + soma (σωμα) 'body'
18 spp. in 7 subgenera in our area(2):
subg. Castrida: sayi
subg. Calosoma: frigidum, sycophanta
subg. Calodrepa: aurocinctum, scrutator, *splendidum, wilcoxi
subg. Camegonia: marginale, parvicolle, prominens
subg. Carabosoma: angulatum, *eremicola, peregrinator, sponsa
subg. Callitropa: externum, macrum, protractum
subg. *Blaptosoma: *haydeni (2 sspp.)
~25-35 mm
keys in(3)
worldwide, incl. much of NA, more diverse in the south
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A treatise on the Western Hemisphere Caraboidea (Coleoptera): Their classification, distributions, and ways of life. Vol. I
Erwin T.L. 2007. Pensoft Series Faunistica 66. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia-Moscow. 323 pp.
2.Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico
Bousquet Y. 2012. ZooKeys 245: 1–1722.
3.North American caterpillar hunters of the genera Calosoma and Callisthenes (Coleoptera, Carabidae)
Gidaspow, T. 1959. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 116: 225-343.
4.Bruschi C. (2010) Calosoma of the world