Mystery Scarab Beetle at Env. Charter School
Location: Lutz, Florida
February 29, 2012 3:51 pm
I teach at an Environmental Charter School in Lutz, Florida (just north of Tampa). One of our 5th grade students found this beetle walking around the campus last week. Since then, a number of others have been seen by students in other grades.
We did some research and think it is a member of the Euphoria genus of Scarab beetles. Can you tell us any more about it?
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Signature: Jim McGinity
Your beetle is a Ground Beetle, not a Scarab. More specifically, it is a Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator, one of the Caterpillar Hunters. According to BugGuide: “Life cycle is one year, but adults long-lived, reported to live for up to three years. Adults attracted to lights. Eggs are laid singly in soil. Larvae pupate in earthen cells. Adults can overwinter.”
Thanks so much, Daniel. The students are finding them all around the campus and with the bright colors they really attract attention.
Have a great day!