Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion bruxellense

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Bembidion bruxellense
© Roy Anderson
Bembidion bruxellense
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bembidion bruxellense Wesmael, 1835

Description: 4-5.2mm long black ground beetle with four dull orange-brown spots on the elytra. Moist, sparsely vegetated ground generally. Widespread.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55), distributed from Scandinavia to southern Europe and east into central Siberia.

Irish Status: One of the more widespread Bembidion species, second only to B. tetracolum within subgenus Peryphus. Found throughout, except on the higher hills or on deep peat.

Ecology: Characteristic of a variety of water margin habitats, as well as clayey agricultural land. Often found in company with Bembidion tetracolum and species of Subgenus Philochthus in Ireland.