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Last updated 01/16/2009

  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Lebia viridis


Scientific name: Lebia viridis Say
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Caraboidea
    Family Carabidae

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What it looks like: This species averages 5mm in length. The head, pronotum, and elytra are entirely metallic, either shiny, dark, or dull blue. The head has distinct lines throughout but are more prominent on the frons between the eyes. Both the legs and the antennae are dark but the legs may have a tint of metallic color. The ridge at the base of the wing cover is complete.

Where you'll find it: This species has been found in western Canada as well as throughout the United States.

Natural History: Lebia viridis adults have been found feeding on the immature stages of grape vine flea beetles.

This page was written by Beatriz Alvarez, a 2005 participant in the Quasars to Sea Stars teen program.

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