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Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle (Chlaenius spp.)


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



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Though tempting to get a close look at its metallic gleam, this type of beetle can put up quite a stink if disturbed.



Updated: 03/20/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




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: Chlaenius
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Chlaenius spp.
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 23mm (0.31" to 0.90")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; green; orange; copper; bronze
Descriptors: metallic; shiny; green; copper; tri-colored; black ridges
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 8mm (0.3in) and 23mm (0.9in)
Lo: 8mm
Md: 15.5mm
Hi: 23mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Vivid Metallic 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 Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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