A ground beetle

Ground beetles

Ground beetles (carabids) are a large and successful family of beetles, with over 40,000 described species including the tiger and bombardier beetles. They are usually black or metallic coloured with ridged wing cases. Found worldwide, they inhabit ground vegetation, rocks, crevices and the underside of logs and tree bark. The defensive secretions of some of the beetles in this family are so toxic they can injure small animals.

Scientific name: Carabidae

Rank: Family

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The Ground beetles can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Amazon Rainforest, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, North America, Russia, South America, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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