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This publication provides a quick guide to the various ground beetles that inhabit agricultural fields of the piedmont and eastern North Carolina. It offers Extension personnel, consultants, growers, scientists, and the general public an introduction to the identification and life histories of our most abundant ground beetles. We focus on adult beetles only, because they are much easier to collect and recognize than are larvae. Reference material is provided at the end of the article for those who are interested in learning more.
This publication provides an illustrated key to the major groups of ground beetles found in eastern North Carolina agricultural fields.