This large (15-21mm) ground beetle is all black apart from red claws and spines on its legs. The pronotum is rather long and fairly narrow by comparison with Pterostichus melanarius and also has sinuate sides.
Found in woodland and damp grassland.
Most likely to be seen between spring and autumn
It Breeds in the autumn and overwinters as an adult. Groups can be found sheltering together under bark and logs.
Common throughout Britain
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 157 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015