Ground Beetles of Ireland

Agonum micans

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Agonum micans
© Roy Anderson
Agonum micans
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Agonum micans Nicolai, 1822

Description: A 6-7.5mm black ground beetle with greenish metallic reflections. Very local in fen carr and wet riverine wooded swamps.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54) found across Europe except the south, and eastwards into west Siberia.

Irish Status: Extremely local in Ireland. Recorded recently only from the north-east corner of Lough Neagh but has been recorded frequently in the past from the Killarney District of Kerry.

Ecology: On Lough Neagh, it is strongly associated with wet alder carr on water-logged lakeshore soils. Often found hibernating under the bark of dead, upright alders with Agonum assimile.