Ground Beetles of Ireland

Ophonus rufibarbis

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Ophonus rufibarbis
© Roy Anderson
Ophonus rufibarbis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Ophonus rufibarbis (Fabricius, 1792)

Description: A pubescent, 6.2-9.5mm long, black ground beetle. Found in variety of habitats including gardens and arable land, but usually warm places. Phytophagous. Locally common.

World Distribution: A European Wide-temperate species (63) found across Europe, except the extreme north, south to southern France and east to western Turkestan. Introduced to N. America.

Irish Status: Very local but common where found. Apparently not in western counties.

Ecology: This is a moderately xerophilous species restricted to free-draining soils and is fairly eurytopic in hedgerows, arable fields, lakeshores and woodland edge habitats.