Ground beetles to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to
Cychrus caraboides, adult carabid, snail eating beetle

Cychrus caraboides

Found under stones and logs during the day, it hunts snails during the night.

Most commonly seen during the warmer months, but is around all year.

Can squirt acid out of its rear end, and can make a hissing noise.

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Loricera pilicornus, collembolla eating ground beetle

Loricera pilicornis

Found in damper areas under logs and stones where its prey of springtails and mites are found.

Adults are 6 - 8 mm long.

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Carabus nemoralis male, ground beetle

Carabus nemoralis

Adults are 18 - 28 mm long.

Found in wood and gardens, quite often seen in the daytime.

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Pterostichus niger, adult, Carabid beetle, ground beetle

Pterostichus niger

Found under bark, in rotting wood and in the soil - a common beetle found almost anywhere except really dry places.

Adults are 15 - 21 mm long.

Mainly nocturnal.

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Pterostichus madidus, adult ground beetle

Pterostichus madidus

Leg colour can vary from red - black.

Common in cultivated soil, gardens, woodlands, grassland and dry moorland.

Adult body length 14 - 17 mm.

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Harpalus latus

Harpalus latus

Found in most terrestrial habitats.

Adults from 8 - 11 mm long.

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Calathus melanocephalus, a ground beetle, carabid beetle

Calathus melanocephalus

A very common beetle found in open country, grassland and gardens.

Adults are 6 - 9 mm long.

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