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Violet Ground Beetle Andy

Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus Violaceus)

This is quite a large flightless beetle about 30mm long with a black metallic violet sheen from which it gets its name. With large powerful jaws it is a very effective nocturnal hunter feeding on slugs, snails and other garden pests, so gardeners welcome them. I usually find this interesting beetle resting during the day, hiding under logs in a local forest. The larvae, which take up to a year to mature, are also carnivorous feeding on insects. Adult beetles can be seen during the summer months from around June to August, common thought the UK.

Location: Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK.