Garden Friend or Foe?

staph_larva_2Last week I found this cool half-inch long beetle on the move here across my doorstep. It’s one of the good guys, an immature predatory beetle, which specializes on hunting one of the most troublesome garden pests, snails! The business end of this beetle is quite elongated and narrow, very well adapted for reaching into snail shells and pulling out the juicy bits. As an adult, it retains the same beneficial eating habits, definitely a critter to save rather than squash.

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