Snail-killer Carabid - Scaphinotus angusticollis
Victoria, (Mount Douglas Park), British Columbia, Canada
September 9, 2005
This ground beetle is very common throughout Vancouver Island and although it generally hides under forest litter and decomposing logs during the day, it is at times quite active in broad daylight. Its head is adapted to get to those hard to reach places inside a snail's shell. In the coastal forest of an urban park (such as Mount Douglas Park), it probably makes a good living on a variety of non-native slugs introduced from surrounding gardens.
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