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Dwarf Oregon grape, snail-eating ground beetles
Date Issued: 2000-03-29
Postage Value: 33 cents

Commemorative issue
Pacific Coast rain forest
Dwarf Oregon grape, snail-eating ground beetles

The dwarf Oregon grape is a compact broadleaved evergreen. It has holly-like glossy dark green leaves that turn red to bronze in the winter. Clusters of bright yellow flowers bloom in the spring followed by blue to black berries. The berries are edible but generally not eaten rawand can be used to make jams and jellies or left for the birds. The plant tolerates drought best in the shade. Its leaves may scorch if in full sun and dry soil.

The snail eating ground beetle is 3/4 inch long.  This beetle primarily feeds on slugs and snails.  The narrow head and mandibles allow it to reach inside a snail's shell.  It is usually found in moist or wet woods.  It also is known as the boat-backed ground beetle.
 

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