Ground Beetles of Ireland

Laemostenus terricola

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Laemostenus terricola
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Laemostenus terricola
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Laemostenus terricola (Herbst, 1784)

Description: 13-18mm long slightly metallic brown-black ground beetle. Often synanthropic in cellars, outhouses etc. Out-of-doors often found in badgers' setts and rabbit burrows. Widespread.

World Distribution: A European Southern-temperate species (83) recorded from the whole of Europe except the extreme south, east to the Volga, but commonest in the west.

Irish Status: Widespread but very local, although probably under-recorded.

Ecology: In part synanthropic around buildings, where it may be difficult to detect, hiding deep in crevices of brickwork etc. during the day. Also recorded from the burrows of mammals, particularly the rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus L. Records are mainly for agricultural grassland, lightly wooded soils or sandy warrens near the coast i.e. places where rabbits might be expected to occur.