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Ground Beetle - Chlaenius tricolor - male

Ground Beetle - Chlaenius tricolor - Male
Springfield, Virginia, USA
October 16, 2004
I saw it scurrying around some fallen leaves while I was mowing the lawn. I could only get one reasonable picture. Its head and thorax were iridescent and elytra looked as if they had a dusting of gold.


Beautiful find!
Beautiful find! It must be hard to finish mowing the grass when there are so many neat creatures running across your path.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Chlaenius sp.
This is a species from the diverse genus Chlaenius, and that velvety appearance is a relatively reliable clue for identifying the genus. They are very fast runners, and if you grab them they stink like you would not believe! They are most abundant under rocks, logs, and other debris in damp meadows and riparian areas (streamsides, riverbanks, wetland corridors).

Thanks for the info, Eric! I'm so glad I didn't try to grab the beetle :)

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