Nebria nivalis

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Nebria nivalis
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Nebria nivalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Genus: Nebria
Species: N. nivalis
Binomial name
Nebria nivalis
Paykull, 1790

Nebria nivalis is a ground beetle in the subfamily Nebriinae. It is found mainly in Scandinavia and northern Russia; it is rare in the British Isles, where it occurs at isolated upland locations in North Wales, northern England, Scotland and the west of Ireland. [1]

In Scandinavia, N. nivalis is found almost exclusively around the margins of snowfields.[2] In the Scottish Cairngorms it has been observed foraging on snow, especially at night.[3]


  1. ^ "Ground Beetles of Ireland - Nebria nivalis". National Museums Northern Ireland. 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Lindroth, C. H. (1974). Handbooks for the identification of British insects, vol 4 part 2: Coleoptera: Carabidae. The Royal Entomological Society of London. p. 148. 
  3. ^ Ashmole, N. P.; J. M. Nelson; M. R. Shaw; A. Garside (August 1983). "Insects and spiders on snowfields in the Cairngorms, Scotland". Journal of Natural History. 17 (4): 599–613. doi:10.1080/00222938300770491.