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Genus Carabus

Carabus vinctus European Ground Beetle - Carabus nemoralis Unknown beetle with mites - Carabus granulatus - male Carabus taedatus Beetle at 5000 feet in Alpine Garden on Mt. Washington, NH - Carabus chamissonis - female Inchelium carabid - Carabus nemoralis Carabus vinctus - female beetle - Carabus taedatus
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
our fauna reviewed in (1)
Explanation of Names
Carabus Linnaeus 1758
Greek κα'ραβος 'horned beetle, crawfish/lobster'(2)
14 spp. (of which 3 adventive) in 9 subgenera in our area, >700 total in ~90 subgenera(3)
key to species in (1)
Holarctic (most diverse in montane Eurasia)(3), incl. much of NA, esp. the northern half: 12 spp. in Canada(4), 8 in New England(5), 6 in WI(6), 5 in the Carolinas (cancellatus, goryi, serratus, sylvosus, vinctus)(7)(8), 2 in FL(9), 2-3 in CA(10)
Life Cycle
Some species reported to overwinter as adults. Some reported to perform a courtship ritual, unusual in beetles.