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Species Account for Brachinus crepitans

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Brachinus crepitans  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bombardier Beetle
Coleoptera: Carabidae

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Taxonomic group: beetles (Coleoptera) - Available county data

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Status: NS

Essex RDB: Listed
Records: 261
First Record: 1997
Latest Record: 2024

1992-on hectads: 15
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 15

Additional Phenology Data


Bombardier Beetle
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Species text
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

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 75 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 80 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 261 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Brachinus crepitans

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