Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum (Fabricius, 1775)

Carabus calidus Fabricius, 1775: 237 (described from America; lectotype in Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen)
Calosoma calidum Fabricius, 1801: 211
Chrysostigma calidum Kirby, 1837: 19
Calosoma calidum var. lepidum LeConte, 1844: 201 (described from Missouri; syntype in Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Ma)
Calosoma mexicanum Géhin, 1885: 67 (described from Cordoba, Mexique; syntype in Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)
Calosoma calida stellata Casey, 1897: 344 (described from Lake Superior; syntype in National Museum of Natural History, Washington)
Calosoma calida expansa Casey, 1897: 344 (described from Keokuk, Iowa; syntype in National Museum of Natural History, Washington)
Calosoma calida laticollis Casey, 1897: 344 (described from Las Vegas, syntype in New Mezico; National Museum of Natural History, Washington)
Calosoma comes Casey, 1920: 156 (described from North West Territ.; holotype in National Museum of Natural History, Washington)
Calosoma concreta Casey 1920: 157 (described from Lake Superior; holotype in National Museum of Natural History, Washington)
Calosoma (Carabosoma) calidum Breuning, 1928: 84
Calosoma (Carabosoma) calidum ssp. stellatum Breuning, 1928: 84
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) morrisoni ssp. mexicanum Breuning, 1928: 86
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidum Lapouge, 1932: 381
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidum mexicanum Lapouge, 1932: 381
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidum ocellatum Lapouge, 1932: 381
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidum stellatum Lapouge, 1932: 381
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidum laticolle Lapouge, 1932: 381
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidum concretum Lapouge, 1932: 381
Chrysostigma calidum Jeannel, 1940: 164
Chrysostigma Morrisoni var. mexicanum Jeannel 1940:165
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) lepidum Gidaspow, 1959: 264
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum Gidaspow, 1959: 265
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) concreta Gidaspow, 1959: 266
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) calidus Erwin, 2007: 75
Callisthenes (Chrysostigma) lepidus Erwin, 2007: 78


Length 17-30 mm. calidum is characterized by a sculpture of elytra of "homodyname" type in which the intervals are of the same height and width, with dotted striae and intervals interrupted by transverse wrinkles.
The pronotum is a little restricted to the base with broad rear lobes. The color of the upper body is greenish brown, on which stand out large foveae with a cupric bottom, in correspondence with the primary intervals but that generally cover at least part of the adjacent ones.
C. calidum is a relatively variable species and this explains why after the many synonyms discussed by Breuning (1927) and accepted by Jeannel (1940), Gidaspow (1959) has re-evaluated as good species Calosoma (Chrysostigma) concreta, which however, has not been considered valid by later authors.
As for lepidum, it has been considered synonymous with calidum by Breuning (1928: 84) and Jeannel (1940: 164), but re-evaluated by Gidaspow (1959: 264) as a good species. lepidum should have a pronotum a little narrower at the base with small rear lobes, but in fact it can be more easily spotted by its steadily smaller size (17 - 19mm), and by the color of the upper body reddish-brown, with small foveae with green bottom. The penis is the same than C. calidum, but, Gidaspow point out, that it has a thinner ligule.
However, differences in size and color by their nature may also be due to individual variability, possibly influenced by climatic conditions and by habitat. Therefore, lacking detailed information on the geographical distribution, and bearing in mind the considerable variability of characters of C. calidum, it seems preferable to follow the more conservative position taken by Breuning and Jeannel.
As for C. mexicanum, it was described from Cordoba in the state of Vera Cruz (Géhin, 1885: 67). Breuning (1928th: 86), on the basis of the description of Géhin identified this species with specimens of C morrisoni in its possession and coming from Nevada. Consequently, he considered mexicanum as a subspecies of C morrisoni with incorrect locality information. Jeannel (1940:165) and all more recent authors followed this opinion. The type examination in MNHN, however, easily allows for recognizing a specimen of C. calidum, albeit somewhat aberrant and probably with incorrect locality data.
C. calidum, spreads through southern Canada and northern United States, rarely occurs in the southern States and it is absent in the south-western ones. Erwin (2007: 78) cites C. calidum also from Puerto Rico.

Examined specimens and literature’s data
Canada. Alberta: Coaldale (sub lepidum, EM), Medicine Hat (sub lepidum, AMNH, SB), Calgary, Brooks, Tilley (sub lepidum, Gidaspow, 1959: 285), Banff National Park, Ralston, Calgary, Onefour, Ranchville, Suffield (sub lepidum, UASM), Calahoo,Edmonton, Slave Lake, Castor, Leduc, Blackfalds, Mundare, Brooks, Chisholm, Ellerslie, Morinville, Cypress Hills, Medicine Hat, Athabasca, Morinville Robinson, (sub calidum UASM); Manitoba: Virden (SB), Aweme (sub lepidum, Gidaspow, 1959: 285) Alexander, Winefred Lake, Richer, Birds Hill Provincial Park, Morden (UASM); Newfoundland (Bousquet, 2012: 240); Ontario: Flamborough (http://entomocollection.blogspot.it/), Algoma District (http://bugguide.net/); Québec: San Jean de Matha (SB), Charlesbourg (http://entomocollection.blogspot.it/); Saskatchewan: Pike Lake (SB), Tisdale (UASM)
United States. Illinois: Chicago (SB); Iowa: Pottawattamie County (http://bugguide.net/); Michigan: Washtenaw County (EM); Minnesota: St. Louis County (http://bugguide.net/); New York: Ithaca (UASM); North Dakota: Cass county, Fargo, Hettinger county (UASM)
Saint Pierre et Miquelon (France) (Bousquet, 2012: 240)

Notes: Winged but sometime has poorly developed wings, and probably is unable to fly. It is diurnal and nocturnal, active in sunshine or sheltering under debris or stones. It can be found in lowlands and midlands up to 1300m altitude. It lives in a variety of habitats: on open ground as pastures, tilled fields, vacant lots or in open forests. Adults and larvae are predators of caterpillars and other insects that sometime can damage crops. Adults, living near a water body, have been seen, in case of danger, taking refuge in the water. According to the oldest report (Moore, 1933) a specimen, on the beach of Lake Michigan, sought refuge under a submerged stone and remained there without damages for nineteen minutes. Also more recent observations (Landry 1976) confirmed that Calosoma calidum, if threatened, enter freely under water and can remain submerged a couple of minutes. Adults have been found active from April to December and overwintering in the colder season.
The description of larva in all stages and pupa has been given by Burgess (1896: 426) and Burgess & Collins (1917: 98).

Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum
(Fabricius, 1775)
Canada: Québec, San Jean de Matha, 1.VII.76, Garneau
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum
(Fabricius, 1775)
Canada: Manitoba, 18 km. E. of Virden, 27.6.08, Lawton
http://insects.oeb.harvard.edu/MCZ/
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum
(Fabricius, 1775)
Nebraska (Typus of Calosoma lepidum)
(coll. and photo: Museum of Comparative Zoology,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum
(Fabricius, 1775)
Canada: Alberta, Medicine Hat, VI, 1922
(sub Calosoma (Chrysostigma) lepidum)
Calosoma (Chrysostigma) calidum
(Fabricius, 1775)
Mexique (type of Calosoma mexicanum)
(coll. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)

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