Approx. 3-4cm long, sparkling green and copper colours, with ridges. Found on a rocky ridge covered in bilberry and heather in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.
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Thanks :) thats really interesting to know.... does it have a 'common name' at all? Its such a beautiful beetle!
No 'official' common name, but 'nitens' means 'shining' (very appropriately), so if you want to call it Shining Ground-beetle, I am sure no-one will mind!
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
John Walters and I are introducing English names for the carabids with our ID guide series (http://www.johnwalters.co.uk/pubs/GBB.php) and Carabus nitens is the Heath Goldsmith.
Lat/Lng: 54.0, -1.8
OS grid ref: SE1663