On Jul 31, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
These bugs are constantly on the hunt. They scurry here and there hunting for their prey and are rarely still. The one that I took these images of cooled it's heels in the fridge for about an hour before it was a willing subject.
Unlike a great number of insects, the Fiery Searcher has a life span of about 3 years, overwintering in debris and in the ground.
Their food is caterpillars, and although it does not descriminate between good cats and bad...I still call it a good bug.
Common in crop fields, where it's food is plentiful throughout the US and Canada.