Ground Beetles of Ireland

Philorhizus melanocephalus

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Philorhizus melanocephalus
© Roy Anderson
Philorhizus melanocephalus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Philorhizus melanocephalus Dejean, 1825

Description: A small (2.5-3.5mm) pale brown ground beetle with a black head and red pronotum. Common in sedge and reed litter near freshwater or in marram tussocks in sand dunes along the coast. Climbs tall vegetation.

World Distribution: A Mediterranean-Atlantic species (91) distributed from west and central Europe south to north Africa, Asia Minor and the Caucasus, and rare in the eastern part of its range.

Irish Status: Widespread in suitable localities but rare in the west.

Ecology: Particularly common in tussocks and litter of sand dunes and, more locally, riverine marshes and lakeshores, where it climbs tall vegetation.