Ground Beetles - Wood Store
Leave a pile of logs in a quiet corner of the garden to provide a home for ground beetles. Found in a variety of shapes and sizes, majestic ground beetles work as a natural and effective form of pest control in the garden. Common ground beetles include the stag beetle, great diving beetle, ladybird, devil's coach horse and click beetle.
Although a few garden beetles can damage plants, the vast majority of them are extremely helpful, and among the most common are the ground beetles. One in five of all living organisms on the planet is a beetle, with more than 300,000 different species found all over the world.
Like most beetles the ground beetle has a tough outer body case for protection, and its relatively huge jaws make it appear quite fearsome. It is these jaws that make them and their larvae such valuable creatures in the carden. They grab, kill and eat all manner of other creepy crawlies, and because they hunt at night they are especially important in the gardener's fight against slugs.
Daytime cover is the most important lifeline for ground beetles. Their flattened bodies can squeeze under stones and logs, so heaps of these work well. Their larvae prefer to live in dark tunnels in the soil, so a mulch of compost and leaf mould is ideal for them.
Adult ground beetles are pretty tough, but the larvae shed their outer skins three times during the summer. Ground beetles usually mate in early spring and the female lays her eggs on the surface of the soil in leaf litter or on low-growing vegetation.