Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bradycellus ruficollis

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Bradycellus ruficollis
© Roy Anderson
Bradycellus ruficollis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Bradycellus ruficollis (Stephens, 1828)

Description: A small (2.5-3.4mm) black ground beetle with sharp reddish-yellow stripe on the elytral suture. Lives among heather on sand or peat. Widely distributed and common.

World Distribution: A European Wide-temperate (63), recorded from southern Fennoscandia south to the Mediterranean and north Africa, and east to western Russia.

Irish Status: Widely distributed but local on heather moors.

Ecology: Stenotopic for dryish Calluna heath from sea level to moderate altitude, where it may be abundant in moss under mature Calluna. It has not been widely recorded on acid, ombrogenous bog, particularly in the west.