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Subject: Stinky black beetle
Location: Laverton Western Australia
March 19, 2013 4:37 am
Hi, these bugs really stink. There are hundreds of them around at the moment. They seem to detect you and head straight for you. If they get on you and you flick them off they leave a horrible stink behind. I have tried to find out what they are called and info about them but have had no luck .
Signature: Bugsy

Caterpillar Hunter

Caterpillar Hunter

Dear Bugsy,
This is a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  It appears to be a Caterpillar Hunter in the genus
Calosoma, and it might be Calosoma oceanicum, which accoring to the Calosoma of the World website is found in Australia.  As with most creatures, populations spike when there is a ready food supply, and perhaps conditions have produced an abundance of Caterpillars this year that can support the Caterpillar Hunter population.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Western Australia

2 Responses to Caterpillar Hunter from Australia

  1. Brento says:

    We are on night shift doing exploration drilling and are getting swarmed by the calosoma oceanicum bug/caterpilla hunter. How do we keep them away from us? Any tricks would be greatly appriciated as there really doing our heads in.

    • bugman says:

      Interestingly, we are just beginning to get reports of Calosoma adults and larvae from Los Angeles. We have no tips to repel them.

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