Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bembidion normannum

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

Bembidion normannum Dejean, 1831

Description: Very small (2.5-3.2mm) black ground beetle with bluish reflection found on mud and sandy mud on the coast and in estuaries. Local, southern.

World Distribution: A coastal species like B. minimum but of narrower range, distributed along the coasts of south and west Europe from the British Isles and Holland to the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean. Mediterranean-Atlantic (91).

Irish Status: A more southern species than B. minimum and not recorded north of Dublin. Johnson & Halbert (1902) give records for Dublin, Waterford and Mayo. The map also shows a questionable record for Killarney.

Ecology: A saltmarsh (halophilic) species restricted to fine sand or silt in the upper tidal zone.