Ground Beetles of Ireland

Amara montivaga

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

Amara montivaga Sturm, 1825

Description: 8-9mm long greenish or bluish black Amara. Phytophagous, living on dry ground, usually on sand or chalk close to human habitation. A recent coloniser and so far known only in the south-west.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian temperate species (74) and distributed over most of Europe except the north into west-central Siberia.

Irish Status: The only Irish site to date is Killarney where Bullock first took it in 1938 (Speight 1976c).

Ecology: Little is known of its ecology in Ireland but it is likely to be synanthropic in ruderal situations.