Ground Beetles of Ireland

Badister peltatus

Badister peltatus
Click on map to enlarge it in a new window
(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Badister peltatus (Panzer, 1797)

Description: A 4-5mm brown-black Badister similar to both B. dilatatus and B. collaris. Found on mud amongst lush vegetation at the margins of standing water. Very local species, in the south-west only.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian temperate species (74) distributed from western and northern Europe to the Caucasus and central Siberia.

Irish Status: The first confirmed Irish record is that of Speight (1977) for Garryland Wood, south-east Galway. It has a scattered distribution in south-western counties and is rarer than B. dilatatus. Known from Galway, Clare and Roscommon.

Ecology: It has very similar requirements to B. dilatatus with which it has been recorded on several occasions.