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What is this bug?
January 10, 2010
I found it in the garden under a flowerpot , I think it was eating a very small white root, i think its some kind of larva, since it had legs only on the front side of the body.
Stevan Kolarski
Serbia, Vojvodina, Deliblato

Caterpillar Hunter

Caterpillar Hunter

Dear Stevan,
This is a Ground Beetle Larva, probably a Caterpillar Hunter in the genus Calosoma.  You may compare your specimen to these images posted to BugGuide of a North American species.  Your larva may be Calosoma sycophanta, a European species that was introduced to North America in 1905 to help control the introduced Gypsy Moth.  It is also pictured on BugGuide as an adult.

Caterpillar Hunter

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What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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