Carabus and Apricot

Sounds like the latest food fad but is actually a summary of a visit to the polytunnel.  The apricot tree has been in bloom for some time but there are not many pollinators about so I am at it with a small paintbrush to help.

Apricot Blossom

Apricot Blossom

Down at ground level I found this ground beetle that looks like Carabus violaceus to me but I have sent an image to Richard Moore, author of The Beetles of the Isle of Raasay, as he notes in his book that C. problematicus is commoner:



Either way, it is a welcome predator in the polytunnel.

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