Subject: Nice Black Beetle
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
August 26, 2016 5:29 pm
I’ve lived in Alaska for 2 years and I’m not well acquainted with the insects here. I caught this guy ambling around in my garage. I took a photo and set it outside. What kind of beetle is this?
This is a beneficial, predatory Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae. There are many similar looking species found in Alaska on the Carabidae of the World site, and we are not certain of your species.
Update: November 5, 2016
We just received a comment that this is in the genus Pterostichus, and we have linked to the genus on BugGuide.