Subject: Nunavut bug
Location: Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
June 28, 2015 8:21 pm
Hi, this is a picture a friend took of a bug in Nunavut, far north of Canada. I’m not sure anyone can identify it, as it seems to be sparkling with wetness of some kind.
Signature: Margaret B.
Initially we thought this might be a Tiger Beetle, and we knew it looked familiar, and we had a vague memory from long ago of receiving an image of a similar looking beetle, and though it was related to the Tiger Beetles, it was actually classified differently. Well, we eventually found this image of a Marsh Ground Beetle in the genus Elaphrus in our archives, and we believe your individual looks very similar. This image of Elaphrus americanus from BugGuide looks very similar. According to BugGuide, it is found: “From the arctic treeline south to central British Columbia and east to Newfoundland. Along the pacific coast from British Columbia to southern Oregon, eastward across southern British Columbia to southwestern Alberta, south to northeastern Oregon, central Idaho and central Colorado.”