Long-necked Ground Beetle
Head: Black, shiny, diamond-shaped with long neck.
Antenna: Black, reaching to end of thorax. Segments 1 to 3 reddish-yellow.
Thorax (Pronotum): Very long and narrow, black. Not as wide as head, but widens slightly at lower margin.
Wings (Elytra): Short with straight sides. Reddish-orange, shiny. Series of 3 large black spots across center of wings, sometimes touching. Tip of wings with wide black stripe.
Legs: Thin, yellowish-brown. Thighs (femora) have dark tips. Feet slightly darker.
Abdomen: Underside black. Female tip rounded, male tip with middle slightly indented.
Size: 6 to 8 mm.
Habitat: Forest edges, meadows, fields, marshes and ponds.
Food: Smaller insects.
Flight Time: June to early September
Life Cycle: Unknown. Attracted to lights.
Comments: Essex County – Point Pelee National Park and Lake Erie Islands. Kent County – Rondeau Provincial Park.
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