Caterpillar Hunter

While working in the yard at our Mt Washington, Los Angeles offices, we saw not one but two of the Calosoma species, Caterpillar Hunters. We released both into the vegetable patch hoping they would earn their keep by devouring the Geometrid Caterpillars that are chewing our beet greens, chard and other leafy greens. When handled, the Caterpillar Hunters released a not entirely unpleasant odor. We believe this is Calosoma semilaeve based on Charles Hogue’s wonderful book, Insects of the Los Angeles Basin.

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