Elateridae of the British Isles

Agriotes lineatus (Linnaeus, 1767)

Size – 8-11mm.

Description – A fairly uniform mid-brown coloured species with a dense covering of light brown hairs. The pronotum and elytra have a rounded appearence. Rows of pits form distinct ridges running the length of the elytra and are noticeably darker brown than the rest of the elyra. The legs and antennae are unicolourous with the rest of the insect. The antennae just reach the posterior edge of the pronotum. 

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Agriotes lineatus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Agriotes lineatus (Linnaeus, 1767) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • National Trust
  • Merseyside BioBank
  • Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Balfour-Browne Club
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre
  • Greenspace Information for Greater London
  • Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Distribution – Widespread and fairly common in England up to Staffordshire, scarcer in Wales. Only scattered and historical records in northern England and Scotland.

Photo by K.V. Makarov courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera

Photo by K.V. Makarov courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera