Ground Beetles of Ireland

Badister sodalis

Badister sodalis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Badister sodalis (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A 4-5mm long brownish black Badister with yellow elytral markings. Found among damp leaf litter and moss in wet woods. Widespread.

World Distribution: A European temperate (or Wide-temperate) species (73) distributed from southern Fennoscandia south and east across Europe to Asia Minor, the Caucasus and Iran.

Irish Status: Local and uncommon but found throughout Ireland.

Ecology: Recorded from marshy woodland and carr on eutrophic lakeshores or riverbanks. This is the only hygrophilous species of the genus whose range extends to the northern part of Ireland.