Green Metallic Ground Beetle carabidea insects of New ZealandGreen Metallic Ground Beetle carabidea insects of New Zealand
Head of Green Metallic Ground Beetle carabidea insects of New Zealand

Metallic Green Ground Beetle. Family - Carabidae

Habitat Under rocks and logs etc. "Crop and Food Research" studies show they exist in greater numbers in tilled fields where pesticides are not used such as slug baits and aphicides.

Diet Their diet consists mainly of slugs and research performed by "Crop and Food Research" has been done to see if they can assist with slug destruction in commercial crops.

General Photographed is the largest and least common of our 3 species of carabid beetles which grows to 25mm - 30mm. It lives 1 or more years.

Photos © The Natural Heritage Collection Ltd