forest caterpillar hunter (Calosoma sycophanta)

State Museum Nature and Man

State Museum Nature and Man
Oldenburg, Germany

The forest caterpillar hunter (Calosoma sycopantha) belongs to the family of the groundbeetles (Carabidae). The beetle has specialized in catching caterpillars. It helps in preventing damage from forest vermins like the larvae of the gipsy moth (Lymantria dispar). Even in its larval stage the beetle is hunting for prey. The shown specimen come from the collection of Dr. med. Wilhelm Paasch (1874-1959).


  • Title: forest caterpillar hunter (Calosoma sycophanta)
  • Location: Oldenburg
  • Type: Pinned Beetle
  • Rights: Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch Oldenburg

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