Location: South-Central Pennsylvania
May 25, 2011 8:43 pm
I’ve been finding about one of these a day in my basement bedroom. This beastly-looking thing was captured and tossed back outside in the grass, where I’d rather they stay. I’m not too keen on being pinched or bitten.
I’ve tried ID’ing it through your site, but there are so many different species of beetle, I don’t know where to begin! I live in south-central Pennsylvania. It’s about half an inch long or so, with an obviously large head, tiny thorax and large abdomen. Can they fly? I would assume this is a PA native?
Signature: Dutch Country Girl
Dear Dutch Country Girl,
This is a Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites. It is most likely Scarites subterraneus, commonly called and aptly named the Big Headed Ground Beetle. You may read more about it on BugGuide where you will find that it is native to your area as well as to much of the continental U.S.