Ground Beetle

a Carabidae, Ground Beetle, photo © by Michael Plagens

White Canyon Wilderness, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA. 30 March 2013. Observed at night.

Carabidae -- Ground Beetle Family

Ground beetles are a very diverse group of insects ranging in size from very large to very small. They are more commonly encountered in damp or wet habitats with many fewer species living in the desert. The Sonoran Desert species are almost entirely nocturnal when they emerge from undergound crevices to hunt for insect prey.

a nocturnal predator © by Mike Plagens

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