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Scarites Ground Beetle (Scarites spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Scarites Ground Beetle

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An obvious waist in the center of the Ground Beetles in the genus Scarites help differentiate them other large, black beetles.

Updated: 02/08/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Beetles in the Scarites genus are sometimes mistaken for a type of Stag Beetle. All are long, narrow, and black with large curved jaws in the front of the face. An obvious distinguishing feature is the narrow waist that connects the pronotum and the abdomen. The head is wide with two depressions, one on each side. The semi-circle-shaped pronotum is a curved by the waist but is straight behind the head. It has an indentation down the center and another that sits along the straight edge. The elytra that cover the wings are shiny with ridges or grooves. There are almost 10 species in North America and they are all so similar in appearance, exact measurements and close observation of various features are needed to tell many of them apart.

Like other Ground Beetles, members of the Scarites genus are typically found walking along the forest floor, garden beds, open fields, and other places where they may happen upon a meal. Adults eat caterpillars and other insects, so look for them in areas where insects hide or congregate like under logs, stones, and leaf litter.©InsectIdentification.org

Known Diet of the Scarites-Ground-Beetle

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Carabidae
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          Genus: Scarites
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            Species: spp.

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Scarites spp.
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 30mm (0.55" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black
Descriptors: waist; skinny; lines; ridges; jaws; mouth; long; stag

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 22mm
Hi: 30mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Scarites Ground Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Scarites Ground Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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