Ground Beetles of Ireland

Harpalus anxius

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Harpalus anxius
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Harpalus anxius
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Harpalus anxius (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A medium-sized (6.8-8.2mm) black phytophagous beetle of sandy heaths and dunes. Eastern and southern.

World Distribution: This species has a Eurasian Wide-temperate distribution (65) and is found across Europe, except the north, to Asia Minor and Siberia.

Irish Status: Restricted to the south and east coasts between Meath and Kerry.

Ecology: A strongly xerophilous species in Ireland restricted to loose sand habitats in coastal fore dunes.