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?
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.