Carabus intricatus Linnaeus, 1761

Taxonomy: Adephaga > Carabidae > Carabus > Chaetocarabus > Carabus intricatus

Common name: 

Blue Ground Beetle


Carabus intricatus
Carabus intricatus
Carabus intricatus


Size: 25-35mm
Basic colour: Bright metallic blue.
Pronotoum: Elongate and almost flat.
Leg colour: Black, with blue metallic sheen.
Confusion species: Carabus problematicus

UK Priority Species data collation Carabus intricatus


Status: A relict population in extreme south-west Britain. Extremely local in Devon and Cornwall.
RDB Category: Endangered
UKBAP Species: Yes
Habitat: Mossy deciduous pasture woodlands in river valleys.
Other notes: Appendages longer than those of any other British Carabus.


Walters, J. (2013). Blue Ground Beetle Carabus intricatus Linnaeus (Carabidae) new to Glamorgan and Wales. The Coleopterist 22(2): 74.
Turner, C.R. (2008). The history of Carabus intricatus Linnaeus (Carabidae) in Britain prior to 1995. The Coleopterist 17(3): 161.
McClenaghan, I. (2007). A new Cornish site for Carabus intricatus Linnaeus (Carabidae). The Coleopterist 16(3): 123.

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