NY1721 : Giant Beetle

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Loweswater, Cumbria, Great Britain

Giant Beetle
Giant Beetle
I haven't a clue what type of beetle it was, but it was larger than the 2 seen here next to it! For all you beetle fans out there, this one had a dark blue band around its periphery! Anybody know what it is and would like to add a comment to this entry?

Thanks to Brian Marshall who has identified the beetle - it's a Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus). One of our largest beetles. It is black with a metallic violet sheen - hence the name. Its wing casings are fused together, and they have a flattened flange all the way around the edges.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 24 July, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 30 July, 2007
Category
Insects > Insects   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 171 214 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.8594N 3:16.9921W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 171 213
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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