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Beetle (Holcaspis oedicnema) Carabidae

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
(unranked): Geadephaga
Superfamily: Caraboidea
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Harpalinae 
Supertribe: Pterostichitae 
Tribe: Pterostichini 
Genus: Holcaspis 
Species: Holcaspis oedicnema

Holcaspis oedicnema is a ground beetle of the family Caraboidea. This family of which there is some variation in their body shape and colouring, most are shiny black or metallic and have ridged wing covers (elytra). The elytra are fused in some species, particularly large Carabinae, rendering the beetles unable to fly.  All carabids except the quite primitive flanged bombardier beetles (Paussinae) have a groove on their foreleg tibiae bearing a comb of hairs. This is used for cleaning their antennae.

Holcaspis oedicnema (Carabidae) - Nelson, Marlborough, southern North Island Found in New Plymouth..