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Genus Carabus

Carabus nemoralis Calosoma - Carabus nemoralis - male - female Carabus nemoralis? - Carabus nemoralis Carabus taedatus Carabus auratus Purpliish Ground Beetle - Carabus nemoralis Black Beetle - Carabus nemoralis Large Beetle - Carabus granulatus
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.