Dicaelus sp.

Ground Beetle

Dicaelus sp., Ground Beetle photo

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Harpalinae

Length: 11-27 mm


The elytral striae are modestly curved, paralleling the sides of the elytra, and they converge at the apex. There is a depressed area at the base of the pronotum. Typically the antennae are dark at the bases and lighter toward the apices.

Males have the front tarsal segments 1-3 widely expanded.

Members of this genus are most often encountered under logs. They may also be under bark, in leaf litter, or may be attracted to lights.

Bousquet and Larochelle (1993) report West Virginia records for these species: Dicaelus dilatus, D. furvus, D. politus, D. sculptilis, D. teter, and D. purpuratus.

Insects of West Virginia