Ground Beetles of Ireland

Elaphrus uliginosus

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Elaphrus uliginosus
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Elaphrus uliginosus
W. W. Fowler
Elaphrus uliginosus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Elaphrus uliginosus Fabricius, 1792

Description: A small (7-8mm) bronze ground beetle with ocellate elytral depressions, living in marshy places, lake margins, bogs, reedbeds etc. Very local and rare in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Wide-temperate species (65), scattered over the whole of Europe except the extreme north and the extreme south, east to Asia Minor and Iran and into Siberia as far as Kamchatka.

Irish Status: In Ireland only known from a small area in the Killarney district of Kerry, and from a site at Glengariff, West Cork, although widespread in south-west Britain and parts of western Scotland (Luff, 1998).

Ecology: A fen species occupying open sites along the margins of lakes and marshes. Its apparent rarity in Ireland is difficult to account for.