What type of black beetle can be found in Scott County Indiana that is the length of a quarter, has 6 legs, 2 big pinchers, plays dead, runs very fast, & has a hard shell?
Your beetle is a Big-headed ground beetle. This beetle is in the Carabidae family, known as a group of ‘good bugs’ for the garden since they feed on grubs, mealworms, cutworms, and other pests in the garden.
These are usually found in leaf litter, mulch, or in soil, near fields, woodlands, gardens and other such areas.
The adult beetles are nocturnal predators hunting for other insects to eat at night. The larvae are also predators. This beetle is found through out North America except the NW states.
It is cool to see them ‘play dead’ ? Another beetle that plays dead is the click beetle, however when they are placed on their backs, they have the ability to ‘click’ and flip themselves over…this beetle can not.
Thanks for sharing!!