Ground Beetles of Ireland

Dromius meridionalis

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Dromius meridionalis
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Dromius meridionalis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Dromius meridionalis Dejean, 1825

Description: A 6-7mm long red brown 'ground' beetle found under bark of deciduous trees, occasionally on conifers. Widespread and locally common.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species (84), recorded from Denmark (very rare), and the British Isles south to Iberia and north Africa and into the Mediterranean, but in central Europe reliably recorded only from Holland and Italy. Lindroth (1986) gives a record for central Siberia.

Irish Status: Widespread but local.

Ecology: An arboreal species found on a variety of tree species e.g. sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus L. (2 records), Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr (2 records), horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum L. (1 record) and European spruce Picea abies (L.) Karst. (1 record). Mostly recorded under flakey bark on the lower trunks of trees in winter.