Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion lunulatum

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

Bembidion lunulatum (Fourcroy, 1785)

Description: Small (3.5-4mm) black ground beetle with obscure reddish apical spots. Usually found near freshwater on mud and among vegetation. Also on arable near the coast. Eastern and very local.

World Distribution: A European Southern-temperate species (83) getting as far north as the extreme south of Fennoscandia and the southern parts of the British Isles.

Irish Status: There are unconfirmed records for south Louth, south Dublin and Wexford mentioned by Johnson & Halbert (1902). It was verified as an Irish species by the collection of specimens in 1976 from arable land at St. Catherine's Farm, Dublin (Speight et al., 1983). Other sites are now known in Wexford (Newbridge Wood, Camolen) and Wicklow (Powerscourt) (pers.comm. of T. Bolger).

Ecology: From British records it is likely to occupy damp, bare ground including arable land, near the coast.