Ground Beetles of Ireland

Harpalus rufipalpis

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

Harpalus rufipalpis Sturm, 1818

Description: A medium-sized (8-11mm) black or steely-blue phytophagous ground beetle occurring on open sandy areas. Rare in Ireland. Southern.

World Distribution: A European Southern-temperate species (83) distributed from southern Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula and north Africa, and east to Asia Minor and the Caucasus.

Irish Status: Only two sites are known: Portmarnock, Dublin and Sherkin Island, Cork (Speight et al., 1983).

Ecology: Probably confined to warm, dry, sandy habitats in the vicinity of the coast in the southern half of Ireland.