Ground Beetles of Ireland

Pterostichus vernalis

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

Pterostichus vernalis (Panzer, 1795)

Description: 6-7.5mm long black ground beetle living under stones and among litter etc in moist meadows and also beside freshwater. Widespread.

World Distribution: With a Eurasian Wide-temperate distribution (65), and found across the whole of Europe except northern Fennoscandia, and Siberia east as far as the River Lena.

Irish Status: Widespread and fairly common.

Ecology: Fairly hygrophilous, but one of the more eurytopic black Pterostichus, not confined to wetlands in our area. Occupies a wide range of habitats including montane blanket peat, lakeshores, fens, pastures and agricultural land, hiding under stones or in moss and grass litter during the day.