Ground Beetles of Ireland

Harpalus latus

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Harpalus latus
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Harpalus latus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Harpalus latus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: A 8.2-11mm long black, phytophagous ground beetle found in all kinds of open to lightly shaded ground. The only Harpalus commonly found in peatlands and exposed upland habitats in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54) found across Europe, south to the Caucasus, and east to western Siberia.

Irish Status: The most widespread Harpalus, particularly in the north. Generally distributed and common.

Ecology: Unlike many of its relatives this species is not markedly xerophilous, and has been recorded from a wide range of habitats including grassland, gardens, light woodland, dryish upland heaths and summit moraine of mountains. It appears to be particularly widespread on upland peat.