image_width = 120px
image_caption = "Calosoma sycophanta"
name = "Calosoma"
genus = "Calosoma"
genus_authority = Weber, 1801
species = see text
"Calosoma" is a genus of large
ground beetles that occur primarily throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and are referred to as Caterpillar hunters or Searchers. Many of the ~50 species are largely or entirely black, but some have bright metallic coloration. They produce a foul-smelling spray from glands near the tip of the abdomen.
In 1905, "
Calosoma sycophanta" was imported to New Englandfor control of the Gypsy Moth. The species is a voracious consumer of caterpillars during both its larval stage and as an adult, as are other species in the genus. For this reason, they are generally considered beneficial insects.
* [http://www.entomology.wisc.edu/mbcn/kyf304.html Ground Beetles] , Susan Mahr,University of Wisconsin-Madison.
* [http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id81/ Forest Caterpillar Hunter] , BioLib.cz.
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