Ground Beetles of Ireland


Olisthopus rotundatus

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Olisthopus rotundatus
© Roy Anderson
Olisthopus rotundatus
© Roy Anderson
Olisthopus rotundatus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Olisthopus rotundatus (Paykull, 1790)

Description: A small (6.5-7.5mm) metallic bronze and brown ground beetle, living on sandy heath or moorland, often under heather, less frequently on dry calcareous or coastal grassland.
 

World Distribution: A European Boreo-temperate species (53) found across Europe to central Italy and east to Asia Minor and the Caucasus.
 

Irish Status: Widespread and moderately frequent on high ground, but usually in well-drained places such as summit moraine. Occasionally encountered in sandy places along the north and west coasts.
 

Ecology: Xerophilous, living on open, dry ground with little vegetation, and usually recorded on hills or other exposed places.