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    Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter - (Calosoma scrutator)

    The metallic green, gold and copper colors of the Fiery Searcher adds beauty to function thanks to this Caterpillar Hunter's healthy appetite.

    Staff Writer (6/30/2017): The Fiery Searcher is a beetle that belongs to a genus of Caterpillar Hunters. They canvas tree trunks, limbs and branches in search of their primary food source: caterpillars. They'll also roam through grass and gardens to find prey. Their voracious appetite makes them a true gardener's friend. Fiery Searchers eat many types of caterpillars that would destroy melons, tomatoes, squash and other backyard staples. Strong, large jaws allow the Fiery Searcher to easily dispatch a plump caterpillar. These same strong jaws may also pinch a person's skin if handled roughly. They are not poisonous or venomous though.

    Females lay fertilized eggs in soil. Hatched larvae pupate in cells on the ground and emerge as hungry adults. Only one generation is produced each year, but adults can live up to 3 years by seeking shelter over winter and resuming activities in the spring.

    Look for Fiery Searchers in orchards, forests and parks with trees. If you spot on in your garden, count yourself lucky to have such a hard-working ally.

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    Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter
    Scientific Name: Calosoma scrutator
    Other Names: Caterpillar Hunter

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Carabidae
           Genus: Calosoma
            Species: scrutator

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 35mm (0.98in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: green, black, copper

    Additional Descriptors: shiny, metallic, flying, ridged, copper, gold

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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