Blue Ground Beetle
Anterior
Ellura
Blue Ground Beetle
Ventral
 
                      
Blue Ground Beetle (Carenum speciosum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ground Beetle (Carabidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Blue Ground Beetle (Carenum speciosum)
This Photo:     Posterior

Thank you Connor Graham for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We found two of these dead near the caravan when we arrived one day.
Both looked identical, but quite different sizes. One being about 25mm long, with the smaller one (shown here) at about 20mm.

Copyright © 2017-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Feb-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.