Ground Beetles of Ireland

Bradycellus verbasci

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

Bradycellus verbasci (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A 4.5-5mm long reddish-brown ground beetle. Phytophagous, and found on sandy and gravelly soils, including gardens. Common and widespread.

World Distribution: A European Southern-temperate species (83), widespread in Europe from extreme southern Fennoscandia to southern Iberia, and found east to the Urals, Asia Minor and Iran.

Irish Status: Widespread on low and high ground, but mainly near the coast.

Ecology: Relatively common on well-drained farm soils, gardens and woods but mainly in sandy places near the coast.