Megadromus sandageri

Carabidae  : Harpalinae  : Pterostichini

Another predatory ground beetle that lives in the southern lowland forests of Fiordland eastwards to the Southland Plains and northwards as far as Lake Hawea. It occurs also at higher altitudes in the central/western mountains of Southland and Otago. Photo is of a gravid (full of eggs before laying) female taken near Kingston, Southland. Note that the elytra are raised away from the much swollen abdomen. This is a common feature in large ground beetles and the adult is very open to predation at this stage. It would be very unusual for a female to be seen on open ground surface at this time.

Text updated: 3/05/2005