Ground Beetles of Ireland


Harpalus laevipes

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Harpalus laevipes
© Roy Anderson
Harpalus laevipes
© Roy Anderson
Harpalus laevipes
© Roy Anderson
Harpalus laevipes
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Harpalus laevipes Zetterstedt, 1828

Description: 9.5-12mm long black phytophagous ground beetle. Confined to gravelly moraines and shallow ranker soils on or near mountain summits. Very local.
 

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-arctic Montane species (25), widespread in northern Europe and Siberia to the Pacific. In the south it reaches the Caucasus via montane habitats.
 

Irish Status: Only two sites known from both of which it has recently been recorded: Little Sugar Loaf, Wicklow (Anderson, 1987) and Black Head in the Burren, Clare (Morris, 1967). A very local montane species.
 

Ecology: Montane in Ireland, living among boulders in deep Calluna on the Little Sugar Loaf and under stones among low herbs on bare limestone at Black Head. Regarded as a forest species in northern Europe.