There are two types of Violet Ground Beetle; both are amongst our largest beetles growing to around 30mm. This species has ridges and dimples on its elytra whereas C. violaceus has smoother elytra. C. problematicus also has a pronotum that is barely transverse and with contracted sides.
C. violaceus has smoother elytra that are more elongate and also has a more transverse pronotum.
Although predominantly a woodland and heathland species, it can occasionally be found in gardens and is a useful natural pest controller.
Mainly seen in summer months
They are nocturnal hunters, hiding under logs and stones during the day.
Although widespread throughout Britain, C. problematicus is a local species and is uncommon in many areas.
Now local and uncommon in many areas of Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 76 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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