Ground beetles to be found around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Cychrus caraboides, adult carabid, snail eating beetle

Cychrus caraboides

Found under stones and logs during the day, it hunts snails during the night.

Most commonly seen during the warmer months, but is around all year.

Can squirt acid out of its rear end, and can make a hissing noise.

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Loricera pilicornis

Loricera pilicornus, collembolla eating ground beetle

Found in damper areas under logs and stones where its prey of springtails and mites are found.

Adults are 6 - 8 mm long.

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Carabus nemoralis

Carabus nemoralis male, ground beetle

Adults are 18 - 28 mm long.

Found in wood and gardens, quite often seen in the daytime.

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Carabus violaceus

Carabus violaceus

Adults 20 30 mm long.

Very fast runner.

Can be seen all year, but most common in summer. More>

Pterostichus niger

Pterostichus niger, adult, Carabid beetle, ground beetle

Found under bark, in rotting wood and in the soil - a common beetle found almost anywhere except really dry places.

Adults are 15 - 21 mm long.

Mainly nocturnal.

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Pterostichus madidus

Pterostichus madidus, adult ground beetle

Leg colour can vary from red - black.

Common in cultivated soil, gardens, woodlands, grassland and dry moorland.

Adult body length 14 - 17 mm.

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Harpalus latus

Harpalus latus

Found in most terrestrial habitats.

Adults from 8 - 11 mm long.

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Calathus melanocephalus

Calathus melanocephalus, a ground beetle, carabid beetle

A very common beetle found in open country, grassland and gardens.

Adults are 6 - 9 mm long.

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