Violet Ground Beetle

Name: Violet Ground Beetle

Scientific name: Carabus violaceus

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A common large ground beetle, about 3cm long, blackish with a purple sheen especially around the edges. Ground beetles are active predators, chasing and catching smaller invertebrates. Violet Ground Beetles are amongst the largest, a common insect found often found in gardens.

How to identify: There are several closely related species of Carabus beetle which are very difficult to tell apart.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: There are hundreds of species of ground beetle in the UK, which can be found in almost all habitats.

Photograph credit: Richard Carter


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