Sphaeroderus schaumii

Small Snail-eating Ground Beetle

Sphaeroderus schaumii, Small Snail-eating Ground Beetle photo from Virginia

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Carabinae

Tribe: Cychrini

Length: most in genus are 13.0 - 15.5 mm


Sphaeroderus schaumii is often found under logs or leaf litter, actively seeking out its snail prey. The head is narrowed to allow it to enter the aperture of snail shells. Over much of their range the adults may be seen year-round, sheltering under rocks or bark during colder months.

Photo location: 26 August 1985. On color negative film. Sugar Hollow, Albemarle County, Virginia.