Ground Beetles of Ireland

Chlaenius vestitus

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Chlaenius vestitus
© Roy Anderson
Chlaenius vestitus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Chlaenius vestitus (Paykull, 1790)

Description: A pubescent, 8.5-11mm, metallic green beetle with yellow markings on the elytra, found in marshes, reedbeds and on the edges of ponds and lakes. Seemingly very scarce in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species (84) found across western and southern Europe to Asia Minor and west Siberia. Very rare in southern Scandinavia (Lindroth, 1986).

Irish Status: Not recorded for many years in northern counties, but taken by Mike Bryan on sandy cliffs at Kilkeel, Co. Down in June 2012. Its status elsewhere seems uncertain with very few modern records, although Speight (1977) reported it from Hodson's Bay on Lough Ree, Co. Roscommon.

Ecology: According to Lindroth (1986) it is found at the margins of small water bodies or on wet, clayish sea slopes.