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Genus Carabus

Searcher Beetle - Carabus nemoralis Name That Beetle - Carabus nemoralis Carabus - Carabus maeander Carabus - Carabus taedatus - female Beetle - Carabus nemoralis Carabus sylvosus - male Inchelium carabid - Carabus nemoralis Chlaenius sericeus? ID needed - Carabus auratus
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 Carabus
Explanation of Names
Carabus Linnaeus 1758
Greek karabos (κα'ραβος) 'horned beetle, crawfish/lobster'(1)
14 spp. (of which 3 adventive) in 9 subgenera in our area, >700 total in ~90 subgenera(2)
Holarctic (most diverse in montane Eurasia)(2), incl. much of NA, esp. the northern half: 12 spp. in Canada(3), 8 in New England(4), 6 in WI(5), 5 in the Carolinas (cancellatus, goryi, serratus, sylvosus, vinctus)(6)(7), 2 in FL(8), 2-3 in CA(9)
Life Cycle
Some species reported to overwinter as adults. Some reported to perform a courtship ritual, unusual in beetles.