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Elaphrus viridis

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FWS Digital Media Library — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video. The Delta green ground beetle is a species of ground beetle restricted to a small region within Solano County, California. Its color is a metallic-green, usually with bronze spots on its elytra, though some lack these spots. The lack or reduction of circular pits on the elytra helps distinguish it from other ground beetles. Typical adults are about a quarter-inch in length. Specimens of the Delta green ground beetle have generally been collected in open habitats, namely the edges of vernal pools and nearby trails, roads and ditches. They may also be present in the surrounding grasslands, but the beetle’s small size, camouflage against spring grass, and tendency to hide beneath low growth make it difficult to locate. The beetle occupies vernal pool habitats, around which its life cycle is based: it emerges in January following the filling of vernal pools from winter rains and lies dormant in May (around when the pools dry up) as a means of surviving the summer.

Detailed information
Full Name: Delta Green Ground beetle (Elaphrus viridis)
Where found: Wherever found
Critical Habitat:N/A
Species Group:Insects
Current listing status
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Threatened 08/08/1980 California/Nevada Region (Region 8) Wherever found
  • States/US Territories in which the Delta Green Ground beetle, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: California
  • US Counties in which the Delta Green Ground beetle, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
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