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Violet Ground Beetle

Observed: 1st January 2011 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in InvertebratesFenwickfield’s reputation in InvertebratesFenwickfield’s reputation in InvertebratesFenwickfield’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Found under bark of felled timber in open wood

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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First pic

It was not moving until I disturbed it when I lifted the bark off the fallen tree which was Scot's pine I then put it in the dish to get the picture's. I did put it back and the bark too,it was -2c ,how do you tell the differance between the two this one seemed to be more colourfull than previous find's


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problematicus vs violaceus

It's to do with whether the elytra (wing cases covering the abdomen) are smooth or have lengthwise ridges, and there are also differences in the shape of the pronotum (top of thorax). Compare:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/9512 (violaceus)

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/9458 (problematicus)

See also John Walters' excellent guide, available from:

Entomologist and biological recorder

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There is so much to learn,will have a look at the site's and get the guide,I have a lot of insect's were I live so look forward to putting more on the site. Thank you for your help.