Ground Beetles of Ireland

Nebria nivalis

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Nebria nivalis
© Roy Anderson
Nebria nivalis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Nebria nivalis (Paykull, 1790)

Description: Fairly large (9-11mm) black ground beetle living among frost shattered boulders at the tops of the highest mountains, often in the company of N. gyllenhali which it strongly resembles. Associated, although not exclusively, with permanent snowfields, being adapted to be able to hunt over the snow for insects immobilised by the cold. Recorded only from Snowdon in N Wales, Scafell Pike in Cumbria, and a small number of very high mountains in Scotland.