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Beetle (Alexander beetle) Megadromus antarcticus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Genus: Megadromus
Species: M. antarcticus
Binomial name: Megadromus antarcticus
Common name: Alexander beetle, Mettalic green ground beetle.

Megadromus antarcticus is a native ground beetle found in gardens, urban areas, agricultural areas, native forests and exotic forest in Canterbury, New Zealand. It is considered to be a generalist predator. This allows it to feed on variety of different insects and larvae that live in habitats similar to its own. Their prey also includes species of slugs which are agriculture pests.
Megadromus antarcticus a black beetle black with the brims of the pronotum and elytra a iridescent green sheen. It can grows >34 mm in length.


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