Ground Beetles of Ireland


Bembidion bipunctatum

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Bembidion bipunctatum
© Roy Anderson
Bembidion bipunctatum
© Roy Anderson
Bembidion bipunctatum
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Bembidion bipunctatum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Description: A small (3.5-4.5mm) brassy ground beetle found on sandy mull river banks and lake shores among sparse vegetation. Local.
 

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreal-montane species (44) found across the whole of Europe to west Siberia, and into north Africa and Asia Minor. Mainly in mountains in the south of its range.
 

Irish Status: Locally common on shorelines around Loughs Neagh and Erne but very scattered and local elsewhere in Ireland.
 

Ecology: A species of highland streambanks or lakeshores where it occupies sparsely vegetated but not bare, silty shorelines. There is one record for an abandoned quarry.