First, I read that there are around 4000 species of beetle in Britain. But I remained optimistic and figured I might be able to narrow it down by location – it was bumbling along on the ground, so perhaps it was a ground beetle (the Carabidae). Next, I read that there are 374 species of ground beetle. But I continued to be optimistic and thought I might be able to narrow it down by shape or colour. Then, I looked through the gallery of photos on the Coleoptera website and also on the Nature Spot website, and realised that these creatures are a whole lot more difficult to identify than I first thought. So, here’s a beetle, a rather gorgeous beetle with a metallic green sheen, but a beetle none-the-less.