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Calosoma inquisitor

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Adephaga

Familia: Carabidae
Subfamilia: Carabinae
Tribus: Carabini
Subtribus: Calosomatina
Genus: Calosoma
Subgenus: Calosoma (Calosoma)
Species: Calosoma inquisitor
Subspecies: C. (C.) i. cupreum – C. (C.) i. inquisitor

Calosoma inquisitor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Carabus inquisitor Linnaeus, 1758

Primary references

Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Holmiæ: impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. i–ii, 1–824 pp DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.542: 414. Reference page.


Calosoma inquisitor Taxon details on Fauna Europaea
Calosoma inquisitor (Linnaeus, 1758)
ZooBank: 00A41A7A-463E-42D4-B344-85BE91F602B0

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Kleiner Puppenräuber
lietuvių: Žiaurusis puikiažygis
Nederlands: Kleine poppenrover
polski: Tęcznik mniejszy
русский: Красотел бронзовый
slovenčina: Húseničiar hnedý
svenska: Liten larvmördare

Calosoma inquisitor (the lesser searcher beetle or caterpillar-hunter)[1] is a species of ground beetle. The species is found in northern Africa, Europe (northward to southern Scandinavia) and East to Asia Minor, Iran and the Caucasus, with isolated populations in eastern Siberia and Japan.

The imagines are predatory on various insects and their larvae, especially, feed on Lepidoptera larvae. They can fly well and are found not only on the ground, but also in bushes and on trees. In case of danger the beetle can fall and then threaten by lifting up the front body and spreading the mandibles. The females lay about 50 eggs. The hatching larvae are also predatory and develop very quickly. They're in the ground. The beetles emerge in June, but still linger in a diapause until next spring in the ground.

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Calosoma inquisitor (Linnaeus, 1758)

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