Ground Beetles of Ireland


Notiophilus palustris

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Notiophilus palustris
© Roy Anderson
Notiophilus palustris
© Roy Anderson
Notiophilus palustris
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Notiophilus palustris (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: Small (5-6mm) dark bronze ground beetle. Diurnal, living among low vegetation in grazed coastal marshes and low to moderate altitude peatlands. Widely distributed and locally common.
 

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54), widespread in Europe north to the Arctic Circle and east into western and central Siberia.
 

Irish Status: Widespread but local across Ireland.
 

Ecology: Slightly more hygrophilous than its near relatives, occasionally occupying marshy places but the majority of site records for Northern Ireland indicate relatively well-drained coastal habitats. There are no records for altitudes above 200m. More common here than N. germinyi as appears to be the case in south-east England, but not the rest of Britain (Luff, 1998). In Europe generally, described as hygrophilous (Lindroth, 1985; Marggi, 1992), occurring in shady places on humus-rich soil.