Friday Beetle Blogging: Scaphinotus Snail-Eating Beetle

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Scaphinotus petersi – Snail-Eating Ground Beetle
Arizona

Ground beetles- the family Carabidae- are a spectacular evolutionary radiation of terrestrial predators. The elegant, flightless beetles of the genus Scaphinotus prefer snails and slugs.

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photo details. TOP PHOTO. Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon 20D
f/18, 1/250 sec, ISO 100
inside a white box studio, illuminated with indirect flash
BOTTOM PHOTO. Canon MPE-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon 20D
f/13, 1/250 sec, ISO 100
Twin Flash diffused through tracing paper.

2 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: Scaphinotus Snail-Eating Beetle”

  1. Snail eating beetle!? Smash it! Smash it!

    But seriously, do you have any pictures of them while eating snails? I would like to know if & how they break snail shells.

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