Ground Beetles of Ireland


Bembidion illigeri

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

Bembidion illigeri Netolitsky, 1914

Description: A small (4-5mm) shiny, four spotted ground beetle found on open mud of low coastal cliffs, also on river banks. Southern.
 

World Distribution: A European Southern-temperate species (83) distributed across much of Europe except the north, to the Mediterranean area.
 

Irish Status: Johnson & Halbert (1902) cite a single record for near Belfast, Antrim, which is likely to refer to Lough Neagh. There are no later records for northern counties but it is recorded from near Portumna, Galway. A modern record is given by Speight et al., (1983) for a coastal locality in Wexford. Predominantly south-eastern in Britain (Luff, 1998).
 

Ecology: Reported from open clay or sand near water, including the sea coast, in Scandinavia (Lindroth, 1985).