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iridecent beetle - Carabus auratus

iridecent beetle - Carabus auratus
Winchester, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 4, 2006
Size: 1.2"
Sorry for the not so great image I took the photo through a Jar I think it is a Ground bettle of somekind. I found it while digging and put it in a jar for my kids to see. It seams to be nocturnal. It didn't seam to be very active when I found it, but when I came down later at night the bug was very actively running around in the Jar. It didn't seem to have the gift of flight.

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Carabus auratus (Ground beetle)
A special kind for North America, because it was introduced from Europe. A nocturnal inhabitant of gardens and orchards, it is now very sparse and local in its former homeland. As you guessed, this beetle cannot fly. Indeed, the elytrae are partially knit together, and there are only quite vestigial hind wings below.

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