Nebria salina

    Description

    Moderately large (10-14 mm) dark brown or blackish ground beetle. The antennae and legs are a paler red/brown, though the femora are usually dark.

    Similar Species

    Nebria brevicollis and N. salina are indistinguishable without examining the beetles under a microscope (or possibly a good hand lens). N. brevicollis has fine hairs on the dorsal surface of the hind tarsi which are absent in N. salina.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Lives in fairly dry or well-drained habitats, often under stones.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread throughout Britain, but less common than the very similar Nebria brevicollis.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 79 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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