Carabus problematicus


    Up to 30mm. This species has ridges and dimples on its elytra and also has a pronotum that is barely transverse and with contracted sides.

    Similar Species

    C. violaceus has smoother elytra that are more elongate and also has a more transverse pronotum.

    Identification difficulty

    Although predominantly a woodland and heathland species, it can occasionally be found in gardens and is a useful natural pest controller.

    When to see it

    Mainly seen in summer months

    Life History

    They are nocturnal hunters, hiding under logs and stones during the day.

    UK Status

    Although widespread throughout Britain, C. problematicus is a local species and is uncommon in many areas.

    VC55 Status

    Now local and uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland and largely restricted to Charnwood.

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