A Beetle

A Beetle – European Ground Beetle – Purple-rimmed Carabus – Carabus nemoralis

Whenever I go out for one of my nature walks, it seems that I end up with a new creature that I haven’t met before. Today’s new creature is a beetle with a touch of pink/purple on its scutum. A quick search of my insect guides didn’t reveal its name so, for a while, it was in the “unknown species” category. Based on a picture in a European Field Guide that I have, it looked to be a close relative of a European Ground beetle: Carabus nemoralis but with the addition of iridescent pink/purple on the back edges of the scutum. Location: Richmond, Ontario.

Update: Found other information on-line and an excellent photo of the same beetle in a Flickr account that confirms the initial Carabus nemoralis suspicion: http://www.flickr.com/photos/atlapix/2478947552/

Normally, I only photograph insects live in their natural surroundings. Today was a bit of an exception and I have it at home, still alive. It will be returned to its spot tomorrow. An interesting creature to watch. Here is its side profile.




About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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