Fiery Searcher

Caterpiller Hunter?
Hello,
I am sending photos of a large beetle I found. Someone told me it was a Caterpillar Hunter. I had never seen or heard of it before. I looked on your website for an ID but did not find one. Maybe I have the wrong name. Could you let me know the correct name for this beetle. It had beautiful colors when the sun was out. Sincerely,
Annette Oliveira
Long Island, NY

Hi Annette,
This gorgeous Caterpillar Hunter is known as the Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator. We did hear that our search engine was not working properly yesterday, but it is fully operational today.

3 thoughts on “Fiery Searcher”

  1. I found one downtown! Just chillin near a window scared me half to death! 🙁 poor beatle though my friend stomped on im :'(
    But what on earth was he doing in the middle of the City downtown Chicago?? I thought Fiery Searchers stay in areas that have more grass and rocks and dirt ect.
    Also I seen it around the end of summer 2013

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  2. Hi Annette! It’s Tyler from SoFo.
    I was just researching this beetle and stumbled upon your post, beautiful animal! I would love to see more of these out here.
    I searched for them because it’s been a heavy year for Gypsy Moth and Tent Caterpillars so I was looking into their natural predators.
    I have even heard of people spraying chemicals into TREES to get rid of caterpillars instead of relying on natural control, which we all know just makes the problem worse in the long run.

    I’d love to find a way to help this beetle regain a stable population on the East End. There is plenty of food for them!

    -Tyler

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  3. Hi Annette! It’s Tyler from SoFo.
    I was just researching this beetle and stumbled upon your post, beautiful animal! I would love to see more of these out here.
    I searched for them because it’s been a heavy year for Gypsy Moth and Tent Caterpillars so I was looking into their natural predators.
    I have even heard of people spraying chemicals into TREES to get rid of caterpillars instead of relying on natural control, which we all know just makes the problem worse in the long run.

    I’d love to find a way to help this beetle regain a stable population on the East End. There is plenty of food for them!

    -Tyler

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