Fiery Searcher Beetle

By William T. Hathaway

Fiery Searcher Beetle

When I captured my first searcher beetle, I was overwhelmed by an unexpected, offensive odor; nevertheless, the size and color of this beetle overruled my hesitance to handle the specimen. I was aware of other insects that exuded unpleasant odors.

Entomologists say that this beetle is a desirable species, since it and its larvae eat all kinds of caterpillars. For this reason the beetle's nickname is “Caterpillar Hunter.” The European Gypsy Moth Caterpillars and Tent Caterpillars are among the searcher's favorite tidbits.

For those of us who have beetle collections on display, the fiery searcher beetle stands out as a thing of beauty.