Subject: identify bug
Location: plymouth mass
July 17, 2016 10:18 am
Just wondering what type of bug this is
Signature: lara killen
This is the larva of a Caterpillar Hunter, one of the Ground Beetles in the genus Calosoma. It looks like someone killed it, so we are tagging this posting with Unnecessary Carnage. Many people kill insects with which they are unfamiliar out of irrational fear. This is a beneficial species and we hope that should you encounter another in the future, you will let it survive to eat caterpillars. Caterpillar Hunters are important natural control agents for Gypsy Moths and others.