coleoptera - carabus - procerus species - insect (bulgaria)

coleoptera - carabus - procerus species - insect (bulgaria), carabus, close-up, coleoptera, insect, iridescence, iridescent, macro, procerus, scarab, wildlife, българия

Coleoptera tentatively identified as Carabus (Procerus species)

It could be Procerus caucasicus (Adams, 1817), or a female Procerus gigas gigas (Creutzer,1799)

It could also be Carabus (Megodontus) caelatus schreiberi (Kraatz, 1887).­

Spotted it in Bulgaria.­ I remember it emitted a pretty nasty scent as a defense when I grabbed it.­

This photo is part of my България - Bulgaria series.

Photo taken on May 21, 2004
According to my opinion this specimen should be a Procerus instead of Megodontus...most probably a "caucasicus" or similar.The size is bigger than the usual Megodontus.Regards. Gabriele