Ground Beetles of Ireland


Philorhizus notatus

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Philorhizus notatus
© Roy Anderson
Philorhizus notatus
© Roy Anderson
Philorhizus notatus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Philorhizus notatus Stephens, 1827

Description: A small (3-4mm long) dull brown ground beetle found among vegetation in sandy or gravelly conditions. Common on the coast but found occasionally under tree bark inland.
 

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species (84), found across Europe, except the extreme north and south, to Asia Minor, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
 

Irish Status: Widespread in coastal dunes but can be found under bark inland in a few localities.
 

Ecology: This species is not reported as arboreal in the literature but it has been found on two occasions hibernating under bark of trees. A more normal habitat is tussocks on sand dunes or in riverine and lakeshore marshes.