Spotted this beetle on Morfa Nefyn, a beach in North Wales, UK. The beach is a mixture of sand and stone, with large sandy cliff faces and rocky outcrops.

Shiny Bronze Beetle

The beetle was about 3 to 5 mm or so long, running around on the rocks at the edge of a rock pool (not in the water though!), on a warm sunny day. It was moving are quickly, but not really fast, maybe around 1cm per second.

I've seen them on the beach before and sure I know what they were called but can't for the life of me remember.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm reasonably sure you have a Ground Beetle (family Carabidae) here, but I don't know the British complement of that group, so going deeper isn't an option for me. $\endgroup$
    – user32396
    Sep 2, 2018 at 7:35

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Amara aenea (Common Sun Beetle)

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