red and black beetle
Location: Beavercreek Ohio
August 24, 2011 2:23 pm
I found this beetle on our living room carpet and could not find anything that looked like it on the web, the closest I could find was a blister beetle and I don’t think that is it. It has a black head about the same size as it’s red thorax with a black abdomen, it has red legs. We found it the 24th of August in Beavercreek Ohio. We live near a pond and trees.
Signature: electronic

False Bombardier Beetle

Dear electronic,
This is a fairly common Ground Beetle in the genus
Galerita known as a False Bombardier Beetle, and it is most likely Galerita bicolor.  Ground Beetles including the False Bombardier Beetles are beneficial predators.

Location: Ohio

14 Responses to False Bombardier Beetle

  1. elizabeth says:

    we found 2 of these in our yard on the 1st of may. we live in alabama.

  2. Anne says:

    I found one in my house in Virginia on May 5, 2014. Never seen one before.

  3. Carissa says:

    I found one at work yesterday in Lee’s Summit MO. I have also never seen one of these before.

  4. Virginia Simpson says:

    These beetles show up in my bathroom every spring. They come in through a break in the baseboard. I rather like them and look forward to their yearly arrival.

  5. Kiki says:

    I litterally just found three in less than ten minutes in Hooper Nebraska. Are they harmful I have a small dog who eats everything.

    • bugman says:

      Though they might not taste too good, we don’t think eating a Bombardier Beetle will have a negative effect on your dog.

  6. Tekila Bradley says:

    I found one yesterday in the bathroom at work in Maryville,TN.

  7. marcia says:

    Just found one in Petersburg Va

  8. Brittney says:

    I just found one in my living room in WV. I didn’t know what it was. Research led me to your site.

  9. Sharon says:

    I literally just found one on my carpet in the living room I live in the water and have a lot of moisture and trees I live in Baltimore Maryland have seen a lot of bugs !!! NOT THIS ONE …March 27 th 2018

  10. Eva says:

    I keep finding them in my laundry room, kichen and bathroom over the last several weeks. I had never noticed them before now. I live in rural North Mississippi

  11. Amanda says:

    We from Naples Florida found us one right here in the living room I wanted to make sure it wasn’t poisonous

  12. JessLynn says:

    Found this critter in MY BED! It crawled into my son’s shirt. He thought it was a cockroach until we captured him to see what it was set it free outside. I live in Moultrie, Georgia and I have seen many bugs in my life, but never one of these.

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