Ground Beetles of Ireland

Stomis pumicatus

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Stomis pumicatus
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Stomis pumicatus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Stomis pumicatus (Panzer, 1795)

Description: A medium (7-8.5mm) dark red-brown ground beetle with conspicuous mouth-parts found on rich soils in meadows, fields and gardens. Widespread but usually found singly.

World Distribution: A European Wide-temperate species (63) distributed across west-central and southern Europe to the Caucasus and Asia Minor. Introduced in North America (Bousquet, 1987).

Irish Status: Widespread but scarce and nearly always encountered singly.

Ecology: Mostly recorded from rich humus soils on well vegetated lakeshores or in damp deciduous woodland.