Species Details

Amara ovata

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IdentificationAdults are stout. Females measure about 10 - 11mm and males are 9 - 10 mm in length. Body is dorsally greenish metallic while it is black in colour ventrally. Male genitalia are slender and slightly curved and tapered at apex. Antennomeres vary in coloration with basal 1 - 3 segments black and 4 - 11 segments red. Tibiae are red while femora and tarsi are red to reddish black in color (Avgine and Emre, 2009).

Scientific Name Amara ovata Identification
Adults are stout. Females measure about 10 - 11mm and males are 9 - 10 mm in length. Body is dorsally greenish metallic while it is black in colour ventrally. Male genitalia are slender and slightly curved and tapered…
Adults are stout. Females measure about 10 - 11mm and males are 9 - 10 mm in length. Body is dorsally greenish metallic while it is black in colour ventrally. Male genitalia are slender and slightly curved and tapered at apex. Antennomeres vary in coloration with basal 1 - 3 segments black and 4 - 11 segments red. Tibiae are red while femora and tarsi are red to reddish black in color (Avgine and Emre, 2009).
Life History
The adults emerge in spring, mate and start oviposition. Larvae are present in field from July to September. There are three larval instars (Saska and Honek, 2003). Larvae pupate in soil in their final stadium and…
The adults emerge in spring, mate and start oviposition. Larvae are present in field from July to September. There are three larval instars (Saska and Honek, 2003). Larvae pupate in soil in their final stadium and emerge as sexually immature adults in August. They do not mate and overwinter inside soil to emerge again in next spring. This species is a typical spring breeder (Lindroth, 1992).
Conservation Information not available. Diet Info
Adults are granivorous and feed on seeds of cruciferous plant species such as Barbaraea vulgaris. The species has been found active in crops of winter wheat and winter rape (Honek and Jarosik, 2000). However, larva is…
Adults are granivorous and feed on seeds of cruciferous plant species such as Barbaraea vulgaris. The species has been found active in crops of winter wheat and winter rape (Honek and Jarosik, 2000). However, larva is carnivorous (Blunck, 1925).
Range
It is a Palearctic species and distributed in Europe, Asia Minor, Siberia and Japan. It was introduced in North America in 1928 in Ontario, Toranto. In Canada, it is distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario…
It is a Palearctic species and distributed in Europe, Asia Minor, Siberia and Japan. It was introduced in North America in 1928 in Ontario, Toranto. In Canada, it is distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec (CBIF, 2010, Lindroth, 1945). It has been reported recently from Atlantic Canada and has been recorded in Nova Scotia (Majka et al., 2006).

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"Amara ovata, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-29226. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Coleoptera Suborder Adephaga Superfamily Caraboidea Family Carabidae Subfamily Harpalinae Tribe Zabrini Genus Amara Species Amara ovata
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum