Spot the beetle!

June 2, 2018 • 7:30 am

Reader Gabe McNett sent us a “spot the. . .” stumper. His notes:

I thought I would pass along a contribution for you to consider in your ongoing “Spot the …” series. Four pictures are attached. Two for your audience to use for guessing, and another two if they’re helpful. One is a picture of this individual being perfectly content in my hand, as long as it’s not exposed, and another that is the best picture I got of it as it poked its head out of the leaf litter.

Some notes:

While in the field yesterday a large ground beetle (family Carabidae) caught my attention. In this picture is a very large (up to 35 mm), beautiful carabid beetle, Calosoma scrutator. They’re commonly known as a “caterpillar hunters” or also “fiery searchers,” the latter name presumably a nod to their behavior and brilliant iridescent coloration. They are fast and always on the move, searching for prey. This one came out from the leaf litter and the noise as it moved along caught my attention. However, I never got a picture of the entire specimen since they seem to only stop moving when they’re not exposed. This provides a great opportunity for a “Spot the” picture. This one is challenging, but here is a hint: only the iridescent green posterior of the beetle is exposed.

First, the creature you are to spot in the photo below. This is NOT taken from the photo; it just shows you the animal you’re looking for:

I’ll put up two photos, and the reveal will be at 11 a.m. Chicago time. This qualifies, I think, as “very hard”:

8 thoughts on “Spot the beetle!

  1. I fear this is “very hard” in the sense that there’s not going to be an “of course!” moment at the big reveal. There’s around three suitable green candidates sticking out from under leaf litter, but the one I like best because of shade of green is at:

    621px, 407px from bottom left

    If origin is bottom left &
    top right is 1.00, 1.00, then it’s at 0.66, 0.57
    But the damned blob is only 10px X 6px so it could actually be another leaf.

    1. Yeah, when the part that shows isn’t recognizable as a part of the organism we’re looking for, it’s really not that much fun…

      1. Promises: They are undervalued & over expressed

        I must nut that geezer over there now – so I feel like real geezers do 🙂

  2. Think I’ve got it. The only clue is a glimpse of green peeking out, which is why I presume we were shown the beetle to begin. Either that or it’s a bit of leaf and I’ve wasted my time again.

  3. A hard one, in the sense I THINK I’ve found it, but am not sure.
    The first photograph is much easier! 🙂

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