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Make a home for wildlife
This large, shiny, black beetle has violet edges to its smooth, oval elytra (wing cases) and thorax. It is a nocturnal hunter, resting during the day under logs or stones.
Violet ground beetles do not fly, but are fast runners.
The larvae are also carnivorous and actively hunt slugs, worms and other insects.
Adults and larvae eat slugs, snails, worms and insects
At any time of the year.
Throughout the garden at night. Under logs and stones during the day.
Also in parks, woods, hedgerows and scrub areas.