Friendly bug
Location: Portland, Oregon
May 5, 2012 11:13 pm
My son found this lively and beautiful bug on a hike in Forest Park in Portland, Oregon, on a shady part of the trail. There are so many distinctive things about this insect, but we are unable to identify it with our guides. My son remembers this bug and wants to know its name so he can call to his friend the next time we go there! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Signature: LauraB

Snail Eater

Hi LauraB,
Determining the order and family are the best way to try to identify an insect species.  This is a Beetle and it is subclassified as a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  It is one of the Snail Eaters or Boat Backed Ground Beetles in the genus
Scaphinotus, and we believe based on the appearance of the elytra or wing covers as well as the documented range that this might be Scaphinotus angusticollis which according to BugGuide is found in :  “Humid coastal forests of Pacific Northwest.” 

Location: Oregon

2 Responses to Snail Eater

  1. LauraB says:

    Many thanks!!!! Your website is a wonder. Thank you for helping us to more fully appreciate some of the earth’s most marvelous creatures.

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