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Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

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Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

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Species Dicaelus purpuratus

Purple and Black Carabid - Dicaelus purpuratus fast moving beetle - Dicaelus purpuratus Dicaelus purpuratus Dicaelus purpuratus - female Dicaelus purpuratus Blue beetle - Dicaelus purpuratus Purple Ground Beetle(?) - Dicaelus purpuratus
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 Harpalinae
Supertribe Harpalitae
Tribe Licinini
Subtribe Dicaelina
Genus Dicaelus (Notched-mouth Ground Beetles)
No Taxon (subgenus Dicaelus)
Species purpuratus (Dicaelus purpuratus)
Explanation of Names
Dicaelus pupuratus Bonelli 1813
2 sspp.(1)
18.6-26.2 mm(2)
dorsum purple metallic
D. p. pupuratus MA–ON-WI to GA-AL-se.TX, D. p. splendidus w.IL-MN–sw.ND to LA-se.TX-se.AZ(1)