Species Account for Brachinus crepitans
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The Bombardier Beetle Brachinus crepitans is widespread but local in southern and eastern England and into South Wales. Most recent records are coastal (Luff 1998). It occurs in short, dry grassland, usually on chalk or limestone, and also clay brick-pits, undercliffs, sea walls and stabilised shingle on the coast. Adults have been found under stones and leaf rosettes, as well as under grass mats growing on concrete blocks on the seaward side of sea walls. Adults are gregarious in the spring and are probably predatory. Larvae have been reported to be parasitic on pupae of the rove beetle Ocypus ater, (Hyman & Parsons 1992) but may include Hydrophilidae, Staphylinidae and possibly other Carabidae (Luff, op. cit.). Management should aim at maintaining open conditions and encouraging early successional stages. References