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 they eat:
Adults and larvae eat slugs, snails, worms and insects
- Up to 35 mm long