Snail eating ground beetle

Snail eating ground beetle

5852    Hi there, Saw this on my way to Victoria BC at Goldstream National Park. What is it??   Taylor.

This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) that specializes in snail-eating, it appears to be Scaphinotus angusticollis – see http://tinyurl.com/6vj9qb8 for an image and details on its life history. Nice find! Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.