Ground Beetles of Ireland

Harpalus tardus

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

Harpalus tardus (Panzer, 1796)

Description: A medium (8.4-11mm) black, phytophagous ground beetle found on dry, sandy or gravelly ground. Almost confined to coasts in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Wide-temperate species (65) found across Europe, except the extreme north, south to Asia Minor and the Caucasus, and east across Siberia.

Irish Status: Confined to large coastal dune systems, mainly on the east coast.

Ecology: A xerophilous species restricted to grey and yellow dunes.