Ground Beetles of Ireland

Curtonotus aulicus

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Curtonotus aulicus
© Roy Anderson
Curtonotus aulicus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Curtonotus aulicus (Panzer, 1796)

Description: A moderate-sized (11-15mm) Amara living under stones in dryish grassland and waste ground. Adults nocturnal, feeding on seeds of Compositae. Widespread.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54) distributed across Europe as far south as northern Spain, and east to western Siberia. Introduced to N. America.

Irish Status: Widespread and fairly common,, mainly in agricultural areas.

Ecology: A seed-eating species commonest in dry waste places or on arable land.