Edmond's ground beetle is a predator, and is thought to feed on mites and springtails which live within the Sphagnum moss. It is found a few centimetres down within wet moss on the edge of bogs. Apart from this, little else is known of its behaviour and ecology.
It is not at all clear whether this insect is declining as a species. Although it is undoubtedly rare, so little is known about it that more information needs to be gathered before the facts of the beetle's status can be assessed.
Edmond's ground beetle is listed in both the UK Biodiversity Action Plans (UKBAPs), and English Nature's Species Recovery Programme (SRP). Having thought to be extinct in Britain, it was re-discovered in 1999 during an entomological survey funded by the European Life Project. The Natural History Museum in London was commissioned to identify the beetle and discovered it was practically identical to a species occurring in Europe and Africa. There is still some confusion as to whether this beetle will remain a separate UK species, but the Museum's work illustrates the importance of accurate taxonomical research.
The UK Biodiversity Action Plan for this species is available at UK BAP.
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