Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion deletum

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

Bembidion deletum Audinet-Serville, 1821

Description: 4.5-5.3mm long black ground beetle with blue metallic reflections, found on moist, clayey soil with trickling water, particular by small, wooded streams.

World Distribution: A European Boreo-temperate species (53) recorded from west-central and southern Europe to north Africa, and east to the Caucasus.

Irish Status: Very locally distributed, and mostly in the north. We have been unable to find records for southern counties. Apparently much more widespread in England and Wales (Luff, 1998).

Ecology: Mainly recorded from wooded, gravelly banks of small, highland streams or from trickling water on gravelly soil in the floors of quarries or along hill paths.