Ground Beetles of Ireland

Amara bifrons

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Amara bifrons
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Amara bifrons
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Amara bifrons (Gyllenhal, 1810)

Description: A 5-7.5mm long bronze brown Amara. Found on sparsely vegetated, sandy soils, usually near the coast. Phytophagous. Very local.

World Distribution: A European Wide-temperate species (63) found across Europe to the Caucasus and western Turkestan.

Irish Status: Coastal. Widespread but rare and perhaps declining.

Ecology: A xerophilic species and not very common anywhere in Ireland. Mostly recorded from lightly vegetated sandy soils near the east and south coasts.