Ground Beetles of Ireland

Amara praetermissa

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Amara praetermissa
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Amara praetermissa
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Amara praetermissa (Sahlberg, 1827)

Description: A scarce 6-8mm long bronze Amara, typical of open gravelly or chalky soils. Mainly phytophagous. Local, mainly in the east.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-arctic montane or Wide-Boreal species (35) found across northern and western Europe to the Caucasus, Mongolia and Kamchatka. A mountain species in the southern parts of its range.

Irish Status: Recorded by Johnson & Halbert (1902) from several localities in Dublin and one in Kerry. There are no recent published records. Local and scarce in England and Wales.

Ecology: Mainly on coastal sand dunes in Ireland but also on dry calcareous soils inland in Britain.