Violet ground beetle

While on a toad hunt today (which is a story for another day), I came across a big, beautiful Violet ground beetle. I would have liked to have got some better pictures of it, but they are quite fast movers!

Violet Ground Beetle Oct 14

Apparently there are two types of Violet ground beetle, Carabus violaceus, and Carabus problematicus.  While I wouldn’t like to try identify this beetle from my quick encounter with it, I do think that ‘Carabus problematicus’ is certainly one of the more memorable taxonomic names!