No interactions present.
Hi Refugee, if it is violaceus it will be very interesting. Violaceus is today believed not to be present in Ireland, 5 records from the 1890's are all that exist and they are considered 'erroneous' according to the Beetles of Ireland website. I would love to be proved wrong on my ID, but there are seemingly no reliable records of Cv in Ireland. I should add the link.
There have been a few periods of east wind that would be consistent with what you say. If the weather stays mild they could indeed breed. It looks very much like the other observations too.
The texture and shape of the body looks good too.
Both these species are similar in colour, so a violet tinge is no help. Cp has coarser sculpture than Cv, evident here, and the closer pic shows the lines of punctures that are a feature of Cp.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
I had a closer look and perhaps i am wrong this time.
They are pretty hard to tell apart....
Thanks for the interest Refugee and Syrphus. I personally didnt ID this through any such close inspection, I was just informed during the year that if I observed 'violet' ground beetles in my locality they could only be problematicus, as what I had previously been calling C. violaceus were not present here and werent native to Ireland, they were on the Irish list but have been removed-old records disregarded now.
Lat/Lng: 54.998, -6.103
OS grid ref: NW376747