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May 2, 2013 6:52 AM

Identification of Beetle

We came accross thousands of these harmless flying insects, endearingly known as "Cărăbuş" to the locals, in the hills surrounding Bratca, Romania, on May 1, 2013. We know that Carabus is a genus of beetle in the Carabidae family, but we would love to know the specific species, characteristics and habits/functions of this insect, which the local children delight in playing with and allowing to crawl up their arms. The Cărăbuş tends to accidentally turn over on its back and seemingly cannot right itself thereafter.

 

Note: The second photo (which is not well focused) shows the interesting "fan" shaped antennae of the beetle.

 

Any help in specific identification will be greatly appreciated.

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