Posted by Gabriolan on 19 Sep 2010 11:44 pm
Well. Do you know what kind of beetle this is? I see these ones every day in the Gabriola forest. And you know, it’s kind of hard to photograph somebody who never stands still for the camera!
Filed in Gabriola Island,insects
6 Comments so far
enjay on 20 Sep 2010 at 7:29 am #
A challenge! And it was a challenge. I found the answer on page 36 (!!!) of my search through the online Bug Guide: it’s a ground beetle called Scaphinotus angusticollis.
enjay on 20 Sep 2010 at 7:31 am #
And a PS: cherish it in your garden. Apparently it eats snails, and in their absence, slugs.
Gabriolan on 20 Sep 2010 at 7:32 am #
Thank you so much, enjay! I am exhausted and trying to solve two other mysteries at the moment. I’m grateful for your efficient answer-finding here!
enjay on 20 Sep 2010 at 7:43 am #
The answers to the other mysteries, btw, are “Perhaps, but only on alternate Tuesdays” and “42.”
MB on 20 Sep 2010 at 5:16 pm #
I saw one in the woods yesterday — it looked like a tiny, fast-moving eggplant. If I’d known it ate slugs I would have gently transported it to the garden.
Gabriolan on 20 Sep 2010 at 10:27 pm #
I am tempted to sentence beetles to Transportation, too, MB – to my garden!
Enjay, you know everything. I am in awe of you.
Gabriolan.ca is a blog from Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.
(Gabriola is one of the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, and is a short ferry ride from Nanaimo.)