Amara aenea

Amara aenea is a ground beetle common in almost the whole of Europe and Northern Asia. Its range covers also parts of Northern Africa. It is known as the common sun beetle.

Amara aenea
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Genus: Amara
A. aenea
Binomial name
Amara aenea
(De Geer, 1774)
  • Amara devincta Casey, 1918
  • Carabus aeneus DeGeer, 1774

A. aenea adults are predators that eat other insects, such as the apple maggot[2] and soybean aphid,[3] which are considered pests by the agriculture industry. As such, this beetle is under study for use in integrated pest management. Larvae are omnivorous.[4]

The adults feed on the developing seed of Poa trivialis and smooth meadow grass Poa pratensis.[5]


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  2. ^ M. E. O'Neil; K. S. Mason; R. Isaacs (2005). "Seasonal abundance of ground beetles in highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) fields and response to a reduced-risk insecticide program" (PDF). Environmental Entomology. 34 (2): 378–384. doi:10.1603/0046-225X-34.2.378. S2CID 85559558.
  3. ^ Claire E. Rutledge; Robert J. O'Neil; Tyler B. Fox; Douglas A. Landis (2004). "Soybean aphid predators and their use in integrated pest management" (PDF). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 97 (2): 240–248. doi:10.1603/0013-8746(2004)097[0240:SAPATU]2.0.CO;2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  4. ^ Karel Hůrka; Vojtěch Jarošík (2003). "Larval omnivory in Amara aenea (Coleoptera: Carabidae)" (PDF). European Journal of Entomology. 100 (3): 329–335. doi:10.14411/eje.2003.052.
  5. ^ "Natural England description on website". Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-08-30.

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