Woodland Ground Beetle: Carabus sylvosus


Carabus Sylvosus a Woodland Ground Beetle looking back at me as I uncovered them while cleaning the yard last week. Given that these beetles are nocturnal foragers I am sure it were not too pleased with my removing their cover from the daylight while cleaning up some yard debris.

Beetles are always fascinating to observe from the purple on their shell, the anatomy of their from limbs and what looks like special antennae in front that act as additional legs in some way.

Ground Beetles comprise a family of beetles with over 40,000 species so next time you are out in the forest turn over a rock or mess about in the leaf litter and chances are you might find one looking back at you.

7 thoughts on “Woodland Ground Beetle: Carabus sylvosus

    1. Hi Eliza, we typically find these guys every time we turn over a old pile of debris. We have never seen one hunting but that is probably due to the fact they are nocturnal.

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