Carabus violaceus

Carabus violaceus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Carabinae
Genus: Carabus
Subgenus: Carabus (Megodontus)
Species: C. violaceus
Binomial name
Carabus violaceus
Linnaeus, 1758

Carabus violaceus, sometimes called the violet ground beetle, or the rain beetle[1] is a nocturnal species of a beetle, from a family Carabidae.


The violet ground beetle is a shiny, black beetle that has violet or indigo edges to its smooth, oval elytra (wing cases) and thorax. Adult beetles are usually 20–30 mm (0.8–1.2 in). Adult beetles do not fly.[2]


The species could be found throughout Europe,[3] and Japan.[2]


The species can be found in forests, parks, and gardens. They are nocturnal. Both adults and larvae feed on slugs, snails, worms and insects (presumably weevils).[2]


  1. Common names
  2. 1 2 3 "Carabus violaceus Linne, 1758". Bumblebee. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  3. "Carabus (Megodontus) violaceus Linne, 1758". 2.6. Fauna Europaea. April 9, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
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