Ground Beetles of Ireland


Harpalus rubripes

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

Harpalus rubripes (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A medium-sized (8.5-12.2mm) black phytophagous ground beetle found on dry or gravelly ground with sparse vegetation near the south coast. Males have a steely blue metallic reflection.
 

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Wide-temperate species (64) found across Europe to west Siberia. Recently found to be introduced to North America (Bell & Davidson, 1987).
 

Irish Status: Restricted to the south coast from Wexford to Kerry (Speight et al., 1983). The Belfast record given by Johnson & Halbert (1902) should be treated with scepticism.
 

Ecology: In Ireland found mainly on sandy or dry heathy soils at or near the coast.