Pterostichus melanarius (predator)

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Pterostichus melanarius (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Pterostichus melanarius (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Pterostichus melanarius (predator) (Illiger, 1798) - (strawberry ground beetle)

This ground beetle is native to Europe and has been accidentally introduced into North America. It is a common very polyphagous predator in agricultural crops, feeding on a wide variety of arthropods and also on slugs. The prey includes crop pests, but also other predators and beneficial insects.