|Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus)|
So here's what I found out about them:
- They are usually seen from March - October but hibernate in colder periods.
- Adults and larvae usually eat slugs, snails, worms and other insects
- It is a nocturnal hunter hiding in the day under logs and stones.
- You can tell its a violet ground beetle from a blue tinge to the edges of its wing cases and throax.
- Even though they have wings cases, these beetles don't fly but they are extremely fast runners
|A beautiful beetle.|
- They like to live in gardens, parks and scrub areas.
- They are quite large being up to 35mm long
- Even though they are common we can still help them out by having log piles, leaf piles or piles of large stones in our gardens for them and their food sources to hide in.
- Ground beetles have a neat trick if they are threatened - they produce a nasty irritating substance from their abdomens which puts off predators. Apparently the females also use it to put off unwanted attention from males!
- These beetles can live from 1 to 2 years.
- The Violet Ground Beetle is the UK's largest ground beetle.
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