Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion lampros

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Bembidion lampros
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Bembidion lampros
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bembidion lampros (Herbst, 1784)

Description: A small (3-4.5mm) brassy-black ground beetle. Very common on open ground, particularly in gardens and on arable land.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Wide-temperate species (65) species found across Europe to eastern Siberia and introduced to N. America.

Irish Status: Widespread and locally abundant, but scarce in the west. Widely distributed in Britain and the most frequently recorded Bembidion sp. according to Luff (1998).

Ecology: Fairly eurytopic in Ireland, but showing a preference for arable land and drier habitats near the east coast. Also reported widely from pitfall traps on drier types of Calluna heath.