Ground Beetles of Ireland

Amara fulva

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Amara fulva
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Amara fulva
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Amara fulva (Mueller, 1776)

Description: An 8-10mm long dull yellow-brown to brown Amara often with strong greenish reflections. Restricted to dry, open, sandy places on lakeshores or the coast. Phytophagous. Widespread but very local.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Wide-temperate species (64) distributed across Europe to Asia Minor and east into western Siberia. Introduced in N. America.

Irish Status: Restricted to sandy localities around the coast and to sandy shorelines on Lough Neagh. Common where it occurs.

Ecology: Very local in loose sand habitats above coastal strandlines but easy to overlook through its habit of burrowing beneath the surface. Probably declining due to disturbance of its preferred habitat.