Subject: Ground beetle?
Location: Speculator, NY
August 2, 2012 10:34 pm
I found this beetle under a rotting log in the Adirondack Mountains of NY (near Speculator, NY). I am wondering if it is some kind of ground beetle, possibly of the genus Scaphinotus?
Signature: Kristi

Small Snail Eating Beetle

Hi Kristi,
This is sure a handsome specimen of a Small Snail Eating Beetle in the genus
Sphaeroderus.  You are correct that it is classified as a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  We identified it thanks to photos posted to BugGuide which notes:  “The foreparts of their bodies are specially streamlined to fit in the aperture of a snail” and provides this image from the BugGuide archive as a photographic documentation.  Your photo is a new genus for our archive.

Thanks for looking into it and letting me know! They are gorgeous beetles.

Location: New York

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