Common Violet Ground Beetle

Carabus violaceus

Common Violet Ground Beetle, Violet Ground Beetle

Violettjooksik, Carabus violaceus by Veljo Runnel (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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A close up photo of Carabus violaceus a common violet ground beetle in leaf litter
Violettjooksik, Carabus violaceus by Veljo Runnel (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Violet Ground Beetles are large, textured, metallic insects commonly seen in gardens, meadows and farmland habitats. The common violet beetle is one of two species in the UK, with the common beetle being more widely recognised by gardeners. These beetles can't fly, although they are excellent runners. Their long legs provide them acceleration to chase and hunt prey, which can vary from slugs to snails, leather jackets and more. It's not just the adults who can help keep garden pests at bay; the larvae are ferocious predators too.
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Traits

These beetles are predatory insects that will hunt the pests in your garden.
These insects are a resource for other wildlife and can provide beneficial ecosystem services.

Appearance

These are very pretty beetles. They can grow up to 3cm big. The elytra (wingcases) are mainly black and oval-shaped, with fine thin indents and dimples running vertically down the length of the body. There's a metallic-purple rim that borders the elytra and thorax. Larvae lack wingcases and are highly segmented. They look similar to a Devil's Coach Horse beetle, but completely lacking the elytra. They are shiny black with tan-brown heads and can be anywhere between 0.5-2cm.

Symptoms

These insects are beneficial insects that can help control pest populations.

Activity

Nocturnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Carabidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

Europe and Japan.

Biological treatment

These insects can provide beneficial ecosystem services so it's not advised to remove them from the wider environment.

Attracts

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