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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, Metallic 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 a 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 an iridescent green sheen. It can grow >34 mm in length.


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