Bombardier Beetle
Alive, ventral
Scarititid Ground Beetle
Scarititid Ground Beetle (Scaraphites sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ground Beetle (Carabidae)
Species: Scarititid Ground Beetle (Scaraphites sp)
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General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
What first grabbed our attention to this black beetle was the bright green line all around it's circumference. As it turns out, it's whole body reflects green, but the lip around it's edge makes it look like a green line.
At first we thought it was a huge ant as it was moving pretty quickly across our camp ground.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Jul-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.