July 20, 2009
This bug was found in my house on my tile floor. I did not want to kill it but was not sure if it was harmful. Its huge mandibles are very intimidating. Right now the temperature gets up to around 100 degrees during day and cools to about around 80 degrees. Weather has been mostly dry recently. I have never seen this type of insect in or around my home.
This is a Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites. According to BugGuide “adults are nocturnal predators on other insects.” Like other Ground Beetles, members of the genus Scarites are beneficial insects and should not be harmed if they are found indoors.