Blue Ground Beetle

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23/03/2006
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This a very distinct, but rare nocturnal species - the only known sites in the UK are on the southern edges of the SW moors of Dartmoor and Bodmin.
Blue Ground Beetle

This a very distinct, but rare nocturnal species - the only known sites in the UK are on the southern edges of the SW moors of Dartmoor and Bodmin. Typically, a species of ancient pasture woodland, it currently favours moist, deciduous woodland on South-facing river valleys. Oak and Beech are the preferred trees. Absence of a scrub layer is believed to be important, with some bare ground beneath the trees. Grazing by sheep, ponies or deer would keep this under control. It is believed to live off slugs, snails and caterpillars on the trees.