Ground beetle larva

Ground beetle larva
Ground beetle larva

 

Ground beetles lay eggs in soil which grow into elongated larvae with three pairs of legs near the head end.  The underside of the head, thorax and abdominal segments is white; this can just be seen.

The larvae and adults feed on invertebrates and their eggs in the soil or leaf litter.

There are many species of Carabid ground beetle; the only adult we have noticed in the wood is the violet ground beetle.

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