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black larva - Calosoma

black larva - Calosoma
Lake Corpus Christi, San Patricio County, Texas, USA
November 9, 2006
This black caterpillar-like insect was eating a pipevine swallowtail larva (as seen in photo). When a man picked it up with pliers, it secreted a pink liquid.

Moved from Fiery Searcher.

Ah! Hungry beetle larva
Nice catch of insect behavior. Jim may be able to tell you what beetle this is.

I was thinking it might be th
I was thinking it might be the Caterpillar Hunter, but it's so hard to fine larva pictures of beetles.

Carabid larva
My guess is it's one of several large caterpillar-eating ground beetles. I've noted that some carabids at least prefer the same food types as larvae and adults.

I also think that it is a Carabid larva.

Calosoma sp. larva
Det. per Ed Riley. Am moving. Mike

Do some of the previously-det
Do some of the previously-determined Calosoma larvae images need to be moved back to Carabini now that Callisthenes is separate on BugGuide?

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