Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion femoratum

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

Bembidion femoratum Sturm, 1825

Description: 4.2-5.2mm long black ground beetle with four yellow-red elytral spots. Typical of clayey or sandy bare ground in open country.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55), distributed in Europe from Scandinavia to northern Spain and east to Siberia and Mongolia. Introduced to North America (Bousquet, 1992).

Irish Status: Sporadically distributed and mostly in the east.

Ecology: Characteristic of open, sparsely vegetated, gravelly/sandy places on lakeshores or near the sea, but also on quarry bottoms or on waste ground well away from water. Recorded more often on humus soils than other riparian Peryphus, and very occasionally on arable soils.