(De Geer, 1774)
Amara aenea is a ground beetle common in almost the whole Europe and Northern Asia. Its range covers also parts of Northern Africa. It is known as the common sun beetle.
A. aenea adults are predators that eat other insects, such as the apple maggot and soybean aphid, which are considered pests by the agriculture industry. As such, this beetle is under study for use in integrated pest management. Larvae are omnivorous.
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- 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.
- Karel Hůrka & Vojtěch Jarošík (2003). "Larval omnivory in Amara aenea (Coleoptera: Carabidae)" (PDF). European Journal of Entomology 100 (3): 329–335.
- Natural England description on website
- Data related to Amara aenea at Wikispecies
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