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Calosoma inquisitor - 23mm The other day, while at a birthday party, our pal Koos Dijksterhuis came up to me with his hand folded together and in it a lovely huge Calosoma inquisitor (&quot;Kleine Poppenrover&quot; in Dutch - &quot;kleine&quot; meaning &quot;small&quot; ;o)  Depending on your source, this species can supposedly be between 13-22mm or 13,5-20mm, so with a measured 23mm this one was quite extreme.<br />
I don&#039;t see these often. In fact, I had just seen my first ones two weeks ago, crossing a street, but I was working so I didn&#039;t go after them. This was a chance too good to pass by, so I quickly robbed Koos of his beautiful find and put it in a tube to take home, promising him to send him the pictures I intended to take.<br />
That proofed to be a bit harder than I had hoped. First of all, these beetles are quite restless and quick on their feet, but when it finally sits still for a second or two it is just a &quot;dark blob&quot; that will turn into a blinding bright light when flashed ... so ... meager results :o(<br />
Koos decided to use one my images anyway (the one shown here) for one of the daily columns he writes in our newspaper,  &quot;Trouw&quot; explaining that we are seeing this species fairly frequently this year, due to an abundance of the caterpillars that they hunt. <br />
Below is a link to the online version of his article titled &quot;Deze grote kleine poppenrover jaagt op rupsen&quot; :<br />
 https://www.trouw.nl/groen/~a13852ef/ <br />
Here are some other shots of the same beetle:<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79467/calosoma_inquisitor_on_my_hand.html" title="Calosoma inquisitor on my hand"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79467_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=Ort%2BFPQd0s3fUqrKaggAQaKKLQk%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Calosoma inquisitor on my hand Story with this image of same beetle:<br />
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Calosoma inquisitor - 23mm

The other day, while at a birthday party, our pal Koos Dijksterhuis came up to me with his hand folded together and in it a lovely huge Calosoma inquisitor ("Kleine Poppenrover" in Dutch - "kleine" meaning "small" ;o) Depending on your source, this species can supposedly be between 13-22mm or 13,5-20mm, so with a measured 23mm this one was quite extreme.
I don't see these often. In fact, I had just seen my first ones two weeks ago, crossing a street, but I was working so I didn't go after them. This was a chance too good to pass by, so I quickly robbed Koos of his beautiful find and put it in a tube to take home, promising him to send him the pictures I intended to take.
That proofed to be a bit harder than I had hoped. First of all, these beetles are quite restless and quick on their feet, but when it finally sits still for a second or two it is just a "dark blob" that will turn into a blinding bright light when flashed ... so ... meager results :o(
Koos decided to use one my images anyway (the one shown here) for one of the daily columns he writes in our newspaper, "Trouw" explaining that we are seeing this species fairly frequently this year, due to an abundance of the caterpillars that they hunt.
Below is a link to the online version of his article titled "Deze grote kleine poppenrover jaagt op rupsen" :
https://www.trouw.nl/groen/~a13852ef/
Here are some other shots of the same beetle:

Calosoma inquisitor HD res Story with this image of same beetle:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79466/calosoma_inquisitor_-_23mm.html Calosoma,Calosoma inquisitor,Carabidae,Carabinae

Calosoma inquisitor on my hand Story with this image of same beetle:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79466/calosoma_inquisitor_-_23mm.html Calosoma,Calosoma inquisitor,Carabidae,Carabinae

    comments (11)

  1. Can I get a clickable link here? https://www.trouw.nl/groen/~a13852ef/
    ... nope ...
    Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
    1. Sorry, it's the "~" breaking the link. On topic: incredible beetle, as well as an incredible photo! Posted 6 months ago
      1. Thanks Ferdy :o) And no biggie about the link, of course ;o) Posted 6 months ago
  2. Nice shot and article too! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Wow - you read Dutch?!? Posted 6 months ago
      1. Nope. I used google translate :). Posted 6 months ago
        1. Ahw, yes of course :o) Posted 6 months ago
          1. Although, I question google's abilities because it translated the title of the article as, "This large little doll robber hunts caterpillars".

            Posted 6 months ago
            1. Yes, running things through google translate (and back!) is always good for an afternoon of fun :o) But then again, it does often give you a fair general idea of what the text is about ;o)
              In fact, the title isn't even too far off. The species name in dutch is "Small Pupae-Robber", but this is a rather large one.
              Unfortunately some dimwitted "experts" of the Dutch language decided for us that we don't write names of species with capitals, so as opposed to writing "a big Small Pupae-Robber" we have to write "a big small pupae robber" which looks silly and doesn't make clear what the hell you're on about (could be any pupae hunting/robbing critter and is it small or big or what ?!?!). Koos likes to use that sort confusion on purpose to make for "more intriguing" texts ;o)
              Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
              1. I have noticed that Dutch grammar is different...I speak German and initially expected the two languages to be somewhat similar, but the grammar was one of the main things that threw me off that silly assumption. Posted 6 months ago
                1. Well, the languages are close enough that people in the border region can usually communicate without a problem, especially when they also still know their local dialects. A native Dutch speaker trying to "mangle" his Dutch into German will get the message across, but it will sound a bit like "pidgin English" or so to the German I suppose. Posted 6 months ago

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''Calosoma inquisitor'' is a species of ground beetle. The species is found in northern Africa, Europe 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.. more

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Uploaded May 24, 2019.