Ground Beetles of Ireland


Eurynebria complanata

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Eurynebria complanata
© Roy Anderson
Eurynebria complanata
© Roy Anderson
Eurynebria complanata
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Eurynebria complanata (Linnaeus, 1767)

Description: A large (15mm), fast moving, yellow ground beetle with black elytral markings. Gregarious and predatory, probably feeding on sandhoppers. Occurs in or near the tidal zone, on bare sand or sandy clay under beach debris. Adults have been found from May to October, and through the winter. Extremely local and confined to south-east coasts.
 

World Distribution: A Suboceanic Southern temperate species (82) found on coasts from the western Mediterranean, around Iberia to France and the southern British Isles.
 

Irish Status: Confined to south-eastern coasts from Carnsore Point, Wexford to just south of Mizen Head in Wicklow (Anderson, 1987).
 

Ecology: Confined to sandy shorelines backed by dune systems or coastal rocks, in less humanly disturbed coastal areas.