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insect
beetle
coleoptera
Washington
Pacific Northwest
Puyallup
carabidae
ground beetle
Wildwood Park


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It's dark in the forest

It's dark in the forest
It was a dark rainy day, as it is wont to be in the Pacific Northwest, forcing me to use the flash to capture this guy. I was pretty happy though just to have found a beetle - as you might expect, insects are definitely not as plentiful here as they are at home in Costa Rica.

This is a ground beetle, family Carabidae, among the leaf litter on the forest floor. Can anyone help me with a more specific ID?

Thank you to treegrow who suggests this is Scaphinotus, maybe Scaphinotus angusticollis - after looking it up, and considering the location, that does seem to be a good match. Scaphinotus are snail-eating ground beetles. They will eat slugs if the shelled variety are not available. There were certainly plenty of slugs around for this guy to dine on!

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Explore #480 - How about that!

Photographed in Wildwood park, Puyallup, Washington | September 2010.

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