October 29, 2009
We found these bugs all over the place. They seem to be foraging for caterpillars that are also very heavy this year. They look like caterpillars, but only have six legs. Also, they will dig a hole in the ground and leave their back end lying outside of the hole. Any ideas on what this is? We’ve lived here for four years and have never seen anything like it.
This is a beetle larva in the genus Calosoma, commonly called Caterpillar Hunters. There are several species of Calosoma in Texas, and it is impossible for us to determine your exact species. The Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator, is one possibility.