Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bradycellus caucasicus

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Bradycellus caucasicus
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Bradycellus caucasicus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bradycellus caucasicus (Chaudoir, 1846)

Description: 3-4mm long dark brown ground beetle of sandy and peaty soils, usually in litter under heather. A northern peatland species but rare.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54) distributed across Europe from Fennoscandia south to northern Iberia and east to the Caucasus and western Siberia.

Irish Status: Local and rare on upland peat. Principally in northern counties but there is an old record for Killarney.

Ecology: Stenotopic for upland Calluna heath on well-drained peat or gravel.