Common Name: Crucifix Ground Beetle
Scientific Name: Panagaeus Crux Major

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthopoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Genus: Panagaeus
Species: P. cruxmajor

 

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The Crucifix Ground Beetle is largely black with four red squares on its wing cage. It can be found in some parts of two Europe countries. I wrote about this beetle so others can understand what this particular beetle does, eat, live, and looks like.

The beetle has some general description like…. It is about 8 to 10 mm long. And because of the elytra fused it can’t fly. It has a characteristic bug – eyed appearance and has a broad thorax. That’s how the beetle usually looks.

This paragraph is where you will find the location, habitat, and population of the Crucifix Ground Beetle. This beetle can be found in some parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom. It lives near rivers. Is population has sort of disappeared; the population has gone down because of the change in rivers and water management. That’s what has happened to the beetle.

The beetle prevents from being eaten and eats and this is where you can find that info. It eats any invertebrate that it can over power. It evens speeds up to 5 miles per hour to catch prey. And it hides in bark to prevent from being eaten. That’s what it eats and how it prevents from being eaten.

The Crucifix Ground beetle was a great beetle to research it may not have a lot about it but it’s good to have a bit of a challenge. I liked how it speeds up to five miles per hour just to catch its prey.


Author: Kendrew R.
Date Published: 2162012


Sources: http://www.arkive.org/crucifix-ground-beetle/panagaeus-crux-major/ 1-30-12, http:insects.oeb.harvard.edu/boston_island/bugmonth/0808_euro_grd-beetle.htm 2-9-12, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panagaeus_Cruxmajor 2-10-12, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_beetle 2-10-12.