Ground Beetles of Ireland

Pterostichus minor

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Pterostichus minor
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Pterostichus minor
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Pterostichus minor (Gyllenhal, 1827)

Description: 7-8.5mm long black predatory ground beetle, living in fens and marshes. Widespread but local.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Wide-temperate species (64) distributed across Europe, except the extreme south, and into western Siberia.

Irish Status: Widespread and common in a variety of wetland types.

Ecology: Hygrophilous and primarily a fen species. Common in inter-drumlin and lakeshore fens, but also recorded from more ombrotrophic mires at low to moderate altitude.