Seed-eating Ground Beetle
Genus Amara - "Sun Beetles"


seed eating ground beetle
As the name implies, the Amara species are seed-eaters but they may also be predatory.  This one
was digging around at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Kane County, Utah © Carol Davis 5-25-2011

Amara
The transparent hind wing that is sticking out at the rear of the beetle is protected most of the time by the elytra, 
the hardened fore wings. Ms. or Mr. Amara was thinking of flying off but had a change of mind at the last minute
 and accidentally slammed his or her "finger" in the door. 
© Carol Davis 5-25-2011

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