Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion gilvipes

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

Bembidion gilvipes Sturm, 1825

Description: Very small (2.5-3mm) shiny black ground beetle of moss and litter in marshes and on riverbanks. Rare. Only old records.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55) found widely in central and eastern Europe east to the River Lena in Siberia.

Irish Status: There are only two old Irish records, that of Walker for Cork and that of Haliday, locality unspecified (Johnson & Halbert, 1902). Occurs widely in south-eastern Britain, with somewhat decreasing frequency (Luff, 1998).

Ecology: Said to occur in shaded marshy habitats and wet woodland.