My first outdoor bug shot (in the white box) for 2012! This purple-rimmed Carabus (Carabus nemoralis Muller, 1764) is also known as the European Ground Beetle.
The elytrawing covers on this one was a dull bronze, an unusual sight for me, because I have only seen black specimens before. I noticed it was different immediately as it scurried out of the leaves I was raking in the front garden. The purple-rimmed carabus is a European import that is synanthropicFrom the Greek syn-, "together with" + anthro, "man". Animals that are ecologically associated with humans, and not found in the wild.The Edmonton area seems to be an island in Alberta for this species, with only a few having been found outside of the city environs. They are a generalist feeder, taking slugs, snails, earthworms, as well as centipedes and millipedes. Reaching a size between 22 – 26mm, this is a good-sized ground beetle, capable of giving you a nip if handled incorrectly!
- Bugs of Alberta by John Acorn
- Carabus nemoralis :: Ground Beetles of Ireland
- Entomology Collection > Carabus nemoralis
- Carabus nemoralis