Carabus olympiae is known only from 2 neighbouring localities in a single alpine valley in northern Italy’s mountainous Piemonte region, at an elevation between 800 and 1400m.

Habitat for Carabus olympiae

Alpine meadow with Rhododendron and rocks, the habitat of Carabus olympiae © Conrad Gillett

The species occurs both in beech woodland at lower elevation and in alder carrs and open alpine pastures higher up, especially where rhododendrons and rocks provide cover for the beetles.

The beetle is a predator, like all members in the genus, feeding on invertebrates especially the snail Arianta arbustorum which is common where the beetle occurs.

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