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Carabid beetle - Harpalus

Carabid beetle - Harpalus
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
July 6, 2010
Size: >15mm

Moved from Harpalini.

weird thing; looks like H. rufipes with black legs
Moved from Ground Beetles.

K.V. Makarov's opinion:
"Odd. The pronotum looks like H. rufipes but the rest, i'm not sure. Black-legged Pseudoophonus live in Asia but this one doesn't look like those, so this being a melanistic variant is a viable option, but again, i can't be positive."

i suspect he's right
but I've never seen one like this before. Would be an interesting specimen for Peter or another carabid expert to see.

i also asked Don Chandler if he's seen such melanic individuals
he promised to check the UNH coll'n

Moved from ID Request.

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