June 2, 2010
We found this bug in our basement near the water heater. It seems to have 2 body sections and 2 sets of pincers, one large and one small set that seems to be under the other, the second pincers appear to be orange or red. It is all black. It has 6 legs and 2 long antenna. It also has 2 pair of short antenna that are under the pincers. This was all told to me by my 10 year old son, because I did not want to get too close!
Missouri, Near St. Louis
This is a Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites which is profiled on BugGuide. They are nocturnal predators and not harmful to humans, though they might produce a painful pinch if carelessly handled.