Chlaenius sericeus

Ground Beetle
Chlaenius sericeus

Ground Beetle Chlaenius sericeus, moving fast, scrambling to get away after it's rock cover was removed. January 02, 2005, 13 C or 55 F. Wheatley, Ontario.
Ground Beetle Chlaenius sericeus, moving fast, scrambling to get away after it’s rock cover was removed. January 02, 2005, 13 C or 55 F. Wheatley, Ontario.

Identification:
Head: Metallic green, shiny. Large eyes. Whiskers (palpi) and base of mandibles pale reddish.
Antenna: Pale yellowish-red; very long, extending past thorax; the first few segments paler. Segment 3 very long.
Thorax (Pronotum): Metallic green, shiny; squarish. Sides curve outward and have a shelf or rim on lower half.
Wings (Elytra): Dull green or sometimes purplish. Many long, indented lines down wings, with short yellowish pile. Middle of base (scutellum) V-shaped, black.
Legs: Pale yellowish-red. Front feet (tarsi) of male wide with hairy pads on underside.
Abdomen: Underside black with short hairs.

Size: 10 to 16 mm long.

Habitat: Forest edges, lake margins, alvars.

Food: Small insects, slugs, snails.

Flight Time: Early spring.

Life Cycle: One generation per year. Probably over-winter as adults (Photo of adult Jan 02, 2005 in Wheatley).

Comments: Essex County – Lake Erie Islands.

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