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Sun beetles
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Amara aenea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Pterostichinae
Tribe: Zabrini
Genus: Amara
Bonelli, 1810

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Amara is a large genus of carabid beetles, commonly called the sun beetles. Many are holarctic, but a few species are neotropical or occur in eastern Asia.[1]

These ground beetles are mostly black or bronze-colored, and many species have a characteristic "bullet-shaped" habitus, as shown in the photos, making them taxonomically difficult for a beginner. They are predominantly herbivorous, with some species known to climb ripening grasses to feed on the seeds. Other species are used as weed control agents. Numerous species are adventive in non-native habitats, particularly species that thrive in synanthropic settings.

A. communis
A. fulva
A. lunicollis
A. ovata



  1. ^ "Amara Bonelli, 1810". Carabidae of the World. 2011. Retrieved 27 Mar 2012. 

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