National Insect Week returns in 2020
Carabus violaceus - (family Carabidae)
This is one of the largest of British ground beetles. It is widespread in the UK: it is especially associated with wooded areas, but is also commonly found in gardens. Like most ground beetles it is a nocturnal predator and often spends the daytime hidden under stones or logs. Ground beetles are fast runners, using speed to catch their insect prey.