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CLOSED: Metalic Green Beetle ID

East Bridgewater, MA

This was sometime last summer here in MA. Any ideas what this is?

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Minot, ND

It's a ground beetle (family Carabidae)...

Minot, ND

Addendum - Looks like something in the tribe Chlaenini of the subfamily Harpalinae. These beetles have a very distinctive odor about them. Did you detect anything?

East Bridgewater, MA

I can't remember... I do see them from time to time though and will sniff next time.

What are they supposed to smell like?

Minot, ND

It's hard to describe - some have called it a "musty, musky, wintergreen mix" - but once you smell it, you should remember it!

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