Geographical Range United States, southern Canada
Habitat Open woodlands, croplands, gardens
Scientific Name Calosoma scrutator
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This wonderfully-named insect is beneficial to many trees and shrubs, because it preys primarily on the caterpillars that feed on these plants. This habit has also earned it the less exotic name "caterpillar hunter." Fiery searchers are common ground beetles. When handled they can give off a very unpleasant odor.