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.

    Identification difficulty

    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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map