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Amara species

Black ground beetles are numerous in many gardens. It is often very difficult to tell what species you are looking at. The genus Amara for instance is comprised of a number of black ground beetles, many of which appear in gardens regularly. Both adults and larvae are known to be carnivors. Some species are even experimented with in order to find out whether they can be useful in biological pest control. However recent Danish studies seem to suggest that the larvae of some species do feed on plants as well. Many experts, among others Denis Keith and Dr. Arved Lompe are convinced this is an Amara sp., but they are unable to tell us the exact species. Anyway, with these black ground beetle an identification on genus level is quite an achievement! Like many other Amara-species this beetle is some 8 mm.