Ground Beetles of Ireland

Cymindis vaporariorum

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Cymindis vaporariorum
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Cymindis vaporariorum
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Cymindis vaporariorum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: An 8-9.5mm long pubescent red and black ground beetle of northern upland heaths and raised bog. Very local and only near the coast in the north and west.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreal-montane species (45) distributed across Europe except parts of the south, east to Siberia and Kamchatka.

Irish Status: Johnson & Halbert (1902) list the Donegal mountains (unlocalised), Minnaun Cliffs on Achill Island and Croagh Patrick, Mayo as localities. Recently found at sites in north Antrim and Rathlin Island. Likely to be widespread near north and west coasts.

Ecology: Most records are for coastal habitats, but it is also found in exposed places on mountains. It appears to be stenotopic for certain categories of well-drained peat under Calluna.