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Unknown beetle

Observed: 21st May 2010 By: moongirl01moongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Does anyone know which ground beetle this is? It was approximately 1cm in length and its legs, mandibles and antennae were all reddish. The beetle itself looked blueish in the sunlight and blacker in the shade.

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moongirl01's picture

I just indicated the wrong

I just indicated the wrong thing in the "confidence" section. I'm sure it's a ground beetle but what I'd like to know is which kind it is.

devilnin's picture

Violet Ground beetle

Hi, yes this is a ground beetle but its actual name is a violet ground beetle. I have found many of these and yes they are unusal because of there metalic colours wich only show up in the sun.

Thanks,

devilnin

moongirl01's picture

I don't think so

Thanks for your reply but I don't think it's a Violet Ground Beetle. I've got a picture and description of those in various books and they're much larger than than the beetle I saw. Mine was a centimetre or less and Violet Ground Beetles are 2-3.5 cm. Although the beetle looked slightly more colourful in the sun, the colours weren't as vivid as on the body of a Violet Ground Beetle. Also, the colour of the legs, antennae and mandibles is wrong.

devilnin's picture

thanks

Hi,

sorry for my mistake, I am now very confused about what this strange beetle is??

Thanks,

devilnin

moongirl01's picture

No need to apologise!

Hi,

That's OK - there's no need to apologise! There are a lot of ground beetles so it's easy to get confused.

Rob Coleman's picture

This is defintely Leistus as

This is defintely Leistus as kitenet suggests. This has all the characteristics of L. spinibarbis except for the antennae - the first 4 segments of which should be noticeabley darker than the rest - I can't convince myself of this!

Rob Coleman

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Thanks to kitenet and Rob for

Thanks to kitenet and Rob for the info.