- Bledius germanicus Wagner, 1935
Magnificent salt beetle
No status defined
Value of species
Bledius (Bledius) spectabilis frisius Lohse, 1978
Bledius (Bledius) spectabilis spectabilis Kraatz, 1857
B. spectabilis inhabits the sea shores of the Caspian and Black Seas, the coasts of the Mediterranean from Asia Minor to Spain and Morocco, and the Atlantic coast as far north as the Irish Sea and the North Sea.
Bledius spectabilis, shows very unusual behaviour for an insect in that it actively protects its larvae from the parasitic wasp Barycnemis blediator and from the predatory Dicheirotrichus gustavi. It is one of the few insects able to survive in the tidal zone. They construct sealable chambers in the sand in which they hide during high tide.
When breeding, they actually build small additional chambers in their burrow for their larvae. The mother beetle then feeds the larvae and protects them from predators as they develop inside their underground chambers.
- Глотов С. В. Жуки-стафилиниды (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) отделения Стрельцовская степь // Збірник наукових праць Луганського природного заповідника - 2011. – Луганськ. – 2011. – С. 175-190.