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Violet ground beetle

Insect

Carabus violaceus

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.

What does it eat?

Adults and larvae eat slugs, snails, worms and insects

When will I see it?

At any time of the year.

Where will I see it?

Throughout the garden at night. Under logs and stones during the day. Also in parks, woods, hedgerows and scrub areas.