Ground Beetles of Ireland

Chlaenius vestitus

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Chlaenius vestitus
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Chlaenius vestitus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Chlaenius vestitus (Paykull, 1790)

Description: A pubescent, 8.5-11mm, metallic green beetle with yellow markings on the elytra, found in marshes, reedbeds and on the edges of ponds and lakes. Seemingly very scarce in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species (84) found across western and southern Europe to Asia Minor and west Siberia. Very rare in southern Scandinavia (Lindroth, 1986).

Irish Status: Apparently extinct in northern counties, the latest record being for Portora, Enniskillen in 1938. Status elsewhere uncertain although Speight (1977) reports it from Lough Ree at Hodson's Bay, Roscommon.

Ecology: According to Lindroth (1986) it is found at the margins of small water bodies or on wet, clayish sea slopes.