Ground Beetles are a common and widespread beetle throughout Canada and the United States. They can be found in many habitats including wetlands, forests, desert, and under rocks, leaf litter, or bark. They have forelegs adapted for dirt digging, for hunting other insects or small animals. Ground Beetles adults are nocturnal and are attracted to lights. There are more than 180 species in North America and over 40,000 species of ground beetles world wide.