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Seen in the the forest as well as a garden, the Strawberry Seed Beetle covers a lot of ground to find a good seed.
Strawberry Seed Beetle Videos
A Strawberry Seed Beetle taking a walk
Adult Strawberry Seed Beetles are long and black. Antennae and legs are orange. The pronotum is round near the head, but comes to a flat point on each side by the abdomen. The elytra (wing coverings) have long ridges running the length of them. This Ground Beetle enjoys eating the seeds of strawberries, damaging the fruit, but it also feeds on the seeds of conifers like spruce, pine, and larch trees. It can fly, and usually does so at night, but it is also commonly found walking around the ground. A few may venture indoors where they are considered a nuisance that can be easily caught and released outside.
Females lay fertilized eggs in the soil. Larvae of the Strawberry Seed Beetle move underground after hatching. There, they eat a carnivorous diet of small insects and other invertebrates. They emerge adults.
Scientific Name: Harpalus rufipes
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 16mm (0.55in to 0.62in)
Colors: black, orange, brown
Descriptors: long, ridges, ground, orange legs, point edges, flying
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.