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The ''Calosoma sycophanta'' or forest caterpillar hunter is a large, bright green, metallic ground beetle that is native to Europe. In 1905 it was imported to New England for control of the gypsy moth. The species is a voracious consumer of caterpillars during both its larval stage and as an adult.

As a predator the species has been researched for the effect of its predation upon the caterpillars with microsporidian pathogens, finding a preference for ''Vairimorpha disparis'' infected.. more

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by RMFelix
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Uploaded Jan 18, 2020. Captured Jul 1, 2019 08:50.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/7.1
  • 1/320s
  • ISO1100
  • 50mm