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Scientific Name: Pterostichus madidus
Common Name: Black Clock Beetle
Pterostichus madidus, otherwise known as the Black Clock Beetle, is a large, shiny black ground beetle, 15-20mm in length; with either all black legs or wine-red legs (variety concinnus, shown in the photo above). Living under stones, loose bark and grass tussocks, it is a very common beetle in gardens and on arable land.
Largely predatory on many ground-living invertebrates, including caterpillars and slugs, but the adult also eats some plant material and can most often be seen during the summer months. Common and widespread throughout Britain.
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