Violet Ground Beetle - Carabus violaceus


One of the largest species in the UK, measuring about 20-30mm in length. It is similar to Carabus problematicus but the elytra of Carabus violaceus are smoother with fewer dimples and ridges.

Photo ID?

Often found by day under logs and stones.

When to see it

Most of the year, but may hibernate in the coldest periods.

Life History

Emerges to hunt slugs and other insects at night.

UK Status

Common and widespread over much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 55 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map