Ground Beetles of Ireland


Amara apricaria

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Amara apricaria
© Roy Anderson
Amara apricaria
© Roy Anderson
Amara apricaria
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Amara apricaria (Paykull, 1790)

Description: A 6.5-9mm long brownish black Amara. Phytophagous. Common in open dryish habitat like gardens, field margins and waste ground.
 

World Distribution: A circumpolar Boreo-temperate species (56) found across Europe, Asia Minor and Siberia into N. America.
 

Irish Status: Widespread and fairly common near the coast, much rarer inland.
 

Ecology: Xerophilous and restricted to well-drained soils, usually on arable land, and then near the coast. The only inland records we have are for the Lagan Valley west of Belfast and for Greenmount College at Antrim, where it occurs respectively at the margins of arable plots on well-drained Lagan Clays and on tilled, Tertiary Basalt soils.