Texas Bugs Everywhere
Location: Bulverde, Tx
April 17, 2012 6:27 pm
Hey!
I got home from vacation recently and found my yard in the Texas hill country swarming with these black bugs. I have never seen anything like them and I am curious what they are.
Plus, I have a little kid in the house who likes putting things that move into his mouth, so I am wondering if they are in any way poisonous.
Signature: Jake

Larva of a Caterpillar Hunter

Dear Jake,
This is the larva of a Caterpillar Hunter in the genus
Calosoma, and though we cannot identify the exact species, there is a good chance it is the larva of the Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator.  Interestingly, we just finished posting a photo of a Fiery Searcher.  Both the larva and the adult Caterpillar Hunter is a fierce predator that can consume large quantities of caterpillars.  They are not poisonous, but they might bite if carelessly handled.  Though it may hurt a youngster, the bite of a Caterpillar is not dangerous.

Location: Texas

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