Can you help me identify this beetle?
May 26, 2010
My son is working on a Boy Scout merit badge and he needs to identify insects. He is having trouble figuring out what kind of beetle this is. Can you help him?
Based on the images posted to BugGuide, we are quite certain your species of Caterpillar Hunter is the Fiery Hunter, Calosoma calidum, based on the dimples in the elytra.
Thanks so much for the identification. My son will be thrilled.
I don’t think he even noticed the “dimples” on the one he saw
since they aren’t as prominate as the ones on the website.
This is actually Carabus nemoralis.
Thanks for the correction Markikavana. At least we had the tribe correct. BugGuide also has nice images of the European Ground Beetle, Carabus nemoralis.