Elateridae of the British Isles

Agriotes pallidulus (Illiger, 1807)

Size – 4-6mm.

Description – A small Agriotes. The elytra are yellow/orange – dark orange in colour, with lighter specimens showing a darker orange stripe down the centre. Rows of pits are distinct running the length of the elytra. The pronotum and head are a darker brown, sometimes with orange angles on the pronotum. There is a noticeable covering of slightly lighter hairs. The legs and antennae are yellow/orange and the antennae are long, extending beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum.

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

British and Irish distribution of Agriotes pallidulus (Illiger, 1807) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Dorset Environmental Records Centre
  • National Trust
  • Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Lothian Wildlife Information Centre
  • Merseyside BioBank
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Greenspace Information for Greater London
  • North East Scotland Biological Records Centre
  • Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Balfour-Browne Club
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre
  • National Trust for Scotland (staff)
  • Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre
  • Staffordshire Ecological Record

Distribution – Common and well distributed in England and Wales. Scattered records from mainly eastern Scotland.