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Genus Omus - Night-stalking Tiger Beetles

Omus californicus - female Omus cazieri van den Berghe, 1994 [Paratype] - Omus cazieri - female Beetle - Omus dejeanii Omus c. californicus - Omus californicus WSU-4 - Omus dejeanii - male The Night-Stalker - Omus audouini - male Night-stalking tiger beetle with prey - Omus dejeanii Omus sp? - Omus californicus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles)
Tribe Amblycheilini (Blunt-lipped Tiger Beetles)
Genus Omus (Night-stalking Tiger Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Omus Eschscholtz 1829
Probably from Greek ωμος 'fierce, cruel'
5‒15 spp. recognized by various workers, and varying numbers of ill-defined subspecies(1); just 5 spp. treated in(1)
Species in BG:
O. audouini Reiche
O. cazieri van den Berghe
O. dejeanii Reiche
O. laevis LeConte
12‒21 mm(1)
Mandibular scrobe without setae. Inflexed part of elytron impunctate. Male sternum 7 with posterior margin deeply emarginate.
w. NA (so.BC‒CA)(1)(2)
Usually transition zone between forests and meadows; found during the day under leaf litter or in/under fallen tree trunks. Under cover in fields and open forests during the day.(2)
Life Cycle
in most species, at least 3 years(1)
flightless; primarily nocturnal (occasionally active on overcast days)(1)
Works Cited
1.A field guide to the tiger beetles of the United States and Canada: identification, natural history, and distribution... 2nd Ed.
Pearson D.L., Knisley C.B., Duran D.P., Kazilek C.J. 2015. Oxford University Press. 328 pp.
2.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.