Ground Beetles of Ireland

Pterostichus aethiops

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Pterostichus aethiops
© Roy Anderson
Pterostichus aethiops
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Pterostichus aethiops (Panzer, 1796)

Description: 12-14mm long shiny black ground beetle. Predatory, usually living under stones or in heather litter on moorland. There is a single Irish record.

World Distribution: A European temperate species (73) found from the British Isles east to Perm in Russia, south to Serbia and north into southern Fennoscandia and Finland.

Irish Status: Reported as an Irish species by Luff (1998) on the basis of material he had seen from Waterford. We have no further knowledge of this record.

Ecology: In Britain and the Continent this is a forest species but also found in dwarf shrub heath of hills in the northern parts of Britain.