Ground Beetles of Ireland

Calathus erratus

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Calathus erratus
© Roy Anderson
Calathus erratus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Calathus erratus (Sahlberg, 1827)

Description: 8-12mm long black ground beetle of dry, sandy ground with sparse vegetation. Rare in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Wide-temperate species (65), widely distributed in Europe except in the extreme south, east to Asia Minor, the Caucasus and most of Siberia.

Irish Status: Scattered along coasts from Malin, Donegal to the Blackwater Estuary, Waterford but with no recent records. The record given by Speight et al. (1983) for the Mourne Mountains, Down was based on a misdetermination. Irish status uncertain.

Ecology: A xerophilous species and probably confined in Ireland to sandy coastal habitats.