Carabus granulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)---Beetles (Coleoptera)---Adephaga----Ground beetles (Carabidae)---Carabinae----Carabini-----Carabus---C. granulatus
Carabus granulatus bronze

Bronze form specimen, found in England on a damp meadow near a small stream.

This large-sized carabid can come in a numer of colour forms, and are not all as beautiful as the one pictured. They may come in black (most common), green and bronze (rarest). No matter what colour they are these beetles can be easily be recognized by the grooves and dents in the Elytra which are very distinctive in this species.. The Granulated carabid beetle is very widespread and can be found from North America to Europe and to as far as Japan. It has been introduced into Alberta and there is apparently only a single record from Edmonton, most individuals thought to be C. granulatus are Carabus maeander; a very similar species classified as "widespread" in Alberta.

Size Edit

Adult length ~15-21mm.

Habitat Edit

Damp and wet meadows near woodland edges; also woodland floor near streams and rivers.

Links Edit

University of Alberta

Insects of Alberta