Woodland Ground Beetles enjoy a variety of habitats in addition to forests and have a range that crosses all of North America.
Unassuming Woodland Ground Beetles are often overlooked as they go about their day. Dark brown and unassuming, they have a boxy pronotum and long, narrow abdomen. Though their native habitat is on the forest floor among the leaf litter, they are often spotted crossing pavement, lawns, and decks. They eat insects and have reputation for being good for crops and gardens by eliminating pests.
Scientific Name: Pterostichus spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 9mm (0.16in to 0.35in)
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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.