Ground Beetles of Ireland

Calathus fuscipes

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Calathus fuscipes
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Calathus fuscipes
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Calathus fuscipes (Goeze, 1777)

Description: 10-14mm long black ground beetle of dry open ground, including gardens and arable land. Generally common.

World Distribution: A European temperate species (73) distributed across most of Europe to north Africa, Asia Minor and the Caucasus.

Irish Status: Widely distributed in dryish terrain.

Ecology: A eurytopic but moderately xerophilous species in Ireland. There is a spread of records for well-drained agricultural land, but it is most often recorded from dry coastal dunes and heaths.