1 year ago
These are Black Caterpillar Hunters (Calosoma sayi) that I pulled from one pool filter this afternoon - three live ones in the other scarpered before I got any decent shot of them.
These guys are extreme - and I use that word with all the power it held in the early 2000s.
When I have a garden, this is one of my target species for collection and relocation - to my garden. They hide under rocks and debris during the day and run around feeding on caterpillars at night. They are extremely fast and extremely hungry.
Although... not in this state. They are neither fast nor hungry, but would still be of good use in my garden. Only, in more of a fertilizer capacity.
They can live between 2 to 3 years, which is pretty old for a beetle.
They are nicely identified by the beautiful rust-coloured spots that run in lines down their wing cases.
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