Pterostichus madidus Carabid Beetle

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A large (15-20 mm)


A large (15-20 mm) shiny black ground beetle with either all black legs or wine-red legs (variety concinnus). The well-rounded pronotum helps to distinguish this species from other like ground beetles.Black with legs dark or sometimes red (concinnus Sturm.) Pronotum with hind angles rounded, a character which helps separate madidus from other similar sized Carabids


Lives under stones, loose bark and grass tussocks. It is a very common beetle in gardens and on arable land.

Life cycle mainly seen during summer tlargely preys on ground-living invertebrates, including caterpillars and slugs, adults also eat plant material

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