Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bradycellus harpalinus

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Bradycellus harpalinus
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Bradycellus harpalinus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bradycellus harpalinus (Serville, 1821)

Description: A 3.8-4.2mm long dark reddish to black ground beetle living in litter under heather on sandy or peaty soils. Common near the coast and on upland peat.

World Distribution: A European Wide-temperate species (63) recorded mainly from southern and western Europe, between extreme southern Fennoscandia and Iberia, and extending east to the Caucasus.

Irish Status: Widely distributed in both upland and lowland habitats.

Ecology: Recorded widely on peaty substrata or on coastal heaths and stabilised, acid dunes. Also occasional on dry banks in gardens and agricultural land.