Ground Beetles of Ireland

Loricera pilicornis

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Loricera pilicornis
© Roy Anderson
Loricera pilicornis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Loricera pilicornis (Fabricius, 1775)

Description: Small (6-8.5mm) bronze-black ground beetle with conspicuously bristly antennae. Very common everywhere but especially gardens, open gravelly or sandy sites and streamsides in mountains.

World Distribution: A circumpolar Boreo-temperate species (56), distributed from Europe south to northern Spain and across Siberia to the Pacific Ocean and North America.

Irish Status: Widely distributed and abundant throughout.

Ecology: A very eurytopic, largely diurnal species, but with a preference for open habitats. Widespread in most habitats, including mountains, where it occurs along streambanks, and on moraine or summit breccia.