Granulated Carabid
 
Location: Fishcreek Park, Calgary, AB
Date: Aug. 29,  2015
               
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Common Name:  Granulated Carabid

Latin Name:  Carabus granulatus Linnaeus, 1758
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Length:   16 - 24 mm

Range: Alberta

Habitat: Cultivated ground, sparse deciduous woods, usually near water (i.e. riparian)

Time of year seen: April to November (Additional Sightings)

Diet: Adults and larva predatory

Other: This large beetle is present in Europe and eastward to Japan.  It is an introduced species in North America . Coloration is typically metallic green to black or bronze.  Most individuals typically have reduced hind wings, however  wings maybe fully developed.  The Granulated Carabid is a riparian species found in grasslands, farmlands, and forested lowlands and also at higher mountainous elevations.  The adults and larva are predatory, feeding on other insects. The beetles hibernate during winter and reproduce the following year. The female lays a clutch of ~40 eggs in a small hollowed out area in the ground.  The larva typically live underground.

 
         
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