Subject: Red and black beetle?
October 20, 2014 8:24 pm
I found this darling after work the other day. Eveningtime, autumn weather, in the parking lot. It was about 2 inches long, see photo of it in a plastic cup. Long legged, with covered wings like a beetle, but kind of soft to the touch, not crunchy like a typical beetle shell. It was trapped in a puddle, so I dried it off and made sure it was ok before I let it go into the weeds.
You rescued a False Bombardier Beetle in the genus Galerita, and you can read more about this predatory Ground Beetle on BugGuide. We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.