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Houston Home Inspector Provides Information About The Beetle

The Ground Beetle is a member of the family Carabidae, Genus Dicaelus. This large beetle family has over 3,000 species in North America. They are found under logs, rocks, and leaves in moist areas. These beetles measure 1/8-1 3/8" (3-36 mm) long. Many are shiny black, but some are brightly colored.

  • They have a conspicuous prothorax, narrow head, and long legs with spurs on the tibiae. The threadlike antennae arise from between large compound eyes.
  • Most ground beetles rapidly pursue prey at night. A few eat pollen, berries, and seeds.
  • Some species lay eggs in cells made of mud, twigs, and leaves. The larvae are predators, and take 1 year to grow from eggs to adults.
  • Adults usually live 2-3 years, or rarely 4 years.