Calosoma sycophanta

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Calosoma sycophanta
Calosoma sycophanta b2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Genus: Calosoma
Subgenus: Calosoma (Calosoma)
Species: C. sycophanta
Binomial name
Calosoma sycophanta
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Calosoma sycophanta or forest caterpillar hunter is a large, bright green, metallic ground beetle that is native to Europe. In 1905 it was imported to New England for control of the gypsy moth.[1] The species is a voracious consumer of caterpillars during both its larval stage and as an adult.

As a predator the species has been researched for the effect of its predation upon the caterpillars with microsporidian pathogens, finding a preference for Vairimorpha disparis infected larva.[2]

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Media related to Calosoma sycophanta at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Calosoma sycophanta at Wikispecies