Pentagonica flavipes

Ground Beetle

Pentagonica flavipes, Ground Beetle photo from Martinique

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Lebiinae

Length: 3.5 - 5.0 mm


There are records of Pentagonica flavipes from the southeastern U.S., Bahamas, Grand Caymen, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Antigua, Dominica, Guadalupe, Monserrat, Trinidad, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil. The species has also reported as an accidental introduction to the Galapagos Islands (Peck 2006; Bell, 1985; Blackwelder, 1944).

Bell (1985) remarked that what we call Pentagonica flavipes may actually be "a complex of sibling species, differing only in the form of the male genitalia."

These beetles are regular visitors to lights.

Photo location: Presqu’île de la Caravelle, Martinique.

Determined by Dr. Terry Erwin, Smithsonian Institution.