Ground Beetles of Ireland

Amara communis

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

Amara communis (Panzer, 1797)

Description: A common 6-8mm brassy Amara occurring in moss and litter very widely, also in upland peat. Phytophagous.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55) found across Europe, south to the Caucasus, and east across Siberia to Kamchatka. Introduced to North America (Bousquet, 1992).

Irish Status: Widespread and fairly common in northern counties but status elsewhere difficult to gauge at present.

Ecology: Eurytopic and recorded from agricultural land, lightly wooded areas and occasionally on drier Calluna heaths in the hills.