Ground Beetles of Ireland

Elaphrus cupreus

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Elaphrus cupreus
© Roy Anderson
Elaphrus cupreus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Elaphrus cupreus Duftschmidt, 1812

Description: Bronze, fairly shiny, ground beetle with conspicuous purple ocellate depressions on the elytra (8-9.5mm). Common in marshland and on bare mud at the side of fresh water.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55), widespread and common across northern and central Europe to eastern Siberia.

Irish Status: Widely distributed and common.

Ecology: Characteristic of a wide range of well-vegetated wetlands including river and lake margins and well-vegetated mires. Rare at higher altitudes and not generally on peat or in association with Sphagnum mosses.