Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion decorum

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Bembidion decorum
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Bembidion decorum
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bembidion decorum (Zenker in Panzer, 1800)

Description: 5-6mm long black ground beetle with metallic green or blue reflections and light-coloured legs. Confined to gravelly riverbanks.

World Distribution: A European Boreo-temperate species (53) distributed from the British Isles through west-central and south Europe to the Mediterranean.

Irish Status: Locally common in hill districts.

Ecology: N. Irish records relate to open gravelly or stony banks of small, clearwater highland streams, usually at no great altitude, where it is may occur in company with B. atrocoeruleum and B. tibiale.