Carabus violaceus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ground Beetles (Carabidae) are quick, long-legged predators, equipped with powerful jaws. Carabus violaceus (more usually known as the Violet Ground Beetle) is one of the largest species in the UK, measuring about 20-30mm in length. It is often to be found during the day under logs and stones. The one pictured was a rather sluggish individual (hence the photos) found in mid-October 2007 on Budby Common. It seems common around the Dukeries area and we have found it at Eakring on a couple of occasions. Potential confusion could come from the very similar C. problematicus (see below)
Elytral comparison of C. violaceus and C. problematicus
C. violaceus   C. problematicus
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Carabus violaceus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Nottingham City Council. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Rob Johnson. David Shaw. Chris Smith.

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Updated January 2022

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