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.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Strawberry Seed 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 Strawberry Seed Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.