Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion fumigatum

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Bembidion fumigatum
© Roy Anderson
Bembidion fumigatum
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bembidion fumigatum (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: Small (3.5-4mm) metallic black ground beetle with yellow elytral variegations. Lives among litter in marshes, usually near the sea. Burren only.

World Distribution: Distributed along the coasts of Europe as well as inland from southern Fennoscandia to the Mediterranean and east to the Caspian Sea and western Siberia. Eurosiberian Wide-temperate (64).

Irish Status: Added to the Irish List by Anderson (1981) from the shores of Lough Bunny, Clare. Only two specimens have been taken to date but it is probably under-recorded. Strongly south-eastern in Britain.

Ecology: Mainly coastal, in well-vegetated fens, estuaries and saltmarshes.