Ground Beetles of Ireland

Notiophilus aquaticus

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Notiophilus aquaticus
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Notiophilus aquaticus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Notiophilus aquaticus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: Small (4.5-6mm) bronze ground beetle. Diurnal, occurring on most types of open country, but usually in fairly dry, montane heath types to high altitude. Widespread but local.

World Distribution: Circumpolar Wide-Boreal in distribution (36), found in the whole of Europe east to Siberia and into North America. Widespread in Britain but more common in the north (Luff, 1998).

Irish Status: Widespread but local in Ireland.

Ecology: Mainly recorded from well-drained soils. There are records for heaths and rough grassland up to the summits of mountains but in areas of blanket peat, the stony margins of streams and flushes are favoured. Also found on sandy coastal grassland and heath.