Ground Beetles of Ireland

Ocys quinquestriatus

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Ocys quinquestriatus
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Ocys quinquestriatus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Ocys quinquestriatus Gyllenhal, 1810

Description: Small (3.5-4.3mm) brownish ground beetle with slight metallic sheen. Largely synanthropic, found in cellars, stables, under ivy on walls etc.

World Distribution: A European Southern-temperate species (83) distributed from the southern part of Fennoscandia and the British Isles south to Italy and the Balkans and east to Asia Minor and the Caucasus.

Irish Status: Very scattered but rare throughout.

Ecology: This is a species with synanthropic tendencies in northern parts of its range, occurring around human dwellings, often on walls. It also occurs in coastal localities, where it has primarily been found on natural rocks. It is probably native along the coast, but seldom encountered.