Scarites sp.

Ground Beetle

Scarites sp., Ground Beetle photo from Peru

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Scaritinae

Length: typically 15 - 30 mm


Scarites beetles use their strong, foreward-facing mandibles to crush their prey and imbibe the liquid. In some species the beetles also use their mandibles to dig burrows where they take shelter in daylight hours (Hlavac 1967).

In the New World the genus ranges from Ontario to Argentina. Overall, it is found on all continents except Australia and Antarctica.

Photo data: 6 June 2019. Pantiacolla cloud forest, Manú Road, Madre de Dios, Peru.

GPS data: -12.6543, -71.2319. Elevation 421 meters.

Determined by Dr. Terry Erwin, Smithsonian Institution.