Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion doris

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

Bembidion doris (Panzer, 1796)

Description: Very small (3-3.5mm) shiny black ground beetle with obscurely red ends to the elytra. Locally abundant in fens and bogs. The apparently rare B. gilvipes keys out to this species in the standard literature (Lindroth 1974).

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Wide-Boreal species (34) distributed from south-west Europe to Trans-Baikal in Siberia.

Irish Status: Widespread but local across Ireland in suitable fen habitats.

Ecology: A hygrophilous species, found in well-vegetated marshes, riverbanks, lakeshores and fens. Lindroth (1985) gives Sphagnum bogs as a habitat, but it seems restricted to minerotrophic fens or marshes within Ireland. Often found in company with species of Subgenus Philochthus.