Carabus nemoralis


A large (22 to 26mm), greenish bronze or purple bronze ground beetle with reddish or coppery pronotal edges.

Identification difficulty

Lives under stones, loose bark and among litter.

When to see it

Adults are active from early spring, breed in the summer, and persist into the autumn.

Life History

This species forages at night when prey includes slugs and snails, woodlice, millipedes and centipedes.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in most of Britain, but much less common in western areas and rare in Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 74 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map