Though tempting to get a close look at its metallic gleam, this type of beetle can put up quite a stink if disturbed.
There are a variety of species in this group of beetles, and they come in a range of colors. Some are mostly black, but many have an emerald green, copper, or bronze sheen on them. They are covered in fine hairs that are difficult to see aside from the velvety overlay they give the beetle. Some are only metallic on the head and thorax region, while others gleam all over. Legs and antennae are pale, almost orange.
This ground beetle is found throughout the continent and usually in places that are moist and wet like under leaf litter and by mud. Females lay eggs inside mud-shaped cells attached to the bottom of leaves and branches. This is a hunting beetle that feeds on other insects. It moves quickly and roams an area searching for prey. Adults can emit a pungent smell when threatened.
Scientific Name: Chlaenius spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 23mm (0.31in to 0.90in)
Colors: black; green; orange; copper; bronze
Descriptors: metallic; shiny; green; copper; tri-colored; black ridges
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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.