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Violet Ground Beetle

This beetle is a very common species and also very conspicuous when it often scuttles away from wood piles or from beneath large stones. It may also take up residence in the garden shed, especially if it has damp floors. It is easily recognised by it's jet black elytra and the bluish/violet sheen on the margins of the thorax. below is a picture of the larvae:

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