Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion minimum

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

Bembidion minimum (Fabricius, 1792)

Description: Very small (2.3-3.2mm) black ground beetle with bluish reflection found on moist clayey soil near the sea and in estuaries. Local in strandline litter, among reedbeds or in sandy saltmarshes.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species (84) distributed along the coasts of north and west Europe and sporadically inland to western Siberia.

Irish Status: Very local, on the coast. Scarce in the north-east and probably commonest in southern counties.

Ecology: Generally found on sand or clayish sand in upper tidal areas of sheltered saltmarsh habitats.