Ground Beetle  (two photos)
Scarites subterraneus

scarites beetle
This scary-looking insect that would surely become a smudge on the bottom of almost anyone's shoe, is a
friend to man.  It preys on other insects as do many of these large ground beetles.  Carol Davis, 4-27-2012

I add this picture only to show that Scarites does indeed have antennae, which are absent in the
first photo. Retractable like the cord on my beloved Black and Decker iron? Nope, just hiding
underneath. I found this stately beast in St. George, Utah.
These beetles feed on grubs
that are feeding on your plants.  Carol Davis, 4-27-2012

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