Violet ground beetle

  • Scientific name: Carabus violaceus
  • Type: Insects

Key information

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

Identifying features:

Natural habitats: Compost heap Flower border Hedge Herb garden Lawn/grassy area Log pile Meadow area Rock/stone pile Shrub Woodland area

Where and when to see them

They can be seen throughout the garden at night. Under logs and stones during the day. Also in parks, woods, hedgerows and scrub areas.

The violet ground beetle can be seen at any time of the year.

  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec