Ground Beetles of Ireland

Abax parallelepipedus

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Abax parallelepipedus
© Roy Anderson
Abax parallelepipedus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Abax parallelepipedus (Piller & Mitterpacher, 1783)

Description: A large (18-22mm) broad, black ground beetle. Lives under stones, loose bark, leaf litter etc, in woodland, heaths and montane peatlands.

World Distribution: A European temperate species (73) and distributed in a broad swathe across west, central and eastern areas, but absent from the extreme south and from most of Fennoscandia.

Irish Status: Widespread and common.

Ecology: Regarded as a eurytopic forest species in Europe. Very widespread in both wooded and cultivated land in Ireland, but also very common on hill land in the drier kinds of Calluna heath up to the summits of mountains.

Remarks: Not generally included among carabids possessing a functional stridulatory file on the wing cases, but Irish specimens have been observed making a high pitched squeaking noise when isolated and stressed (R. Anderson).