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Violet Ground Beetle

A useful beetle in our gardens

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A large beetle measuring about 20-30mm in length; common throughout the UK. The beetle can be found in gardens, farmland and meadows from March to October. It can be recognised by its black colour with a metallic purple sheen, especially around the flattened edges of its fused wing cases. It is a nocturnal predator feeding on smaller invertebrates, including many ‘pest’ species such as slugs.

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