Elateridae of the British Isles

Agriotes sordidus (Illiger, 1807)

Size – 8-9mm.

Description – Uniformly dark brown with a covering of lighter coloured, fine hairs. Ridges are obvious running the length of the elytra. The legs and antennae are unicolourous with the body. The antennae extend to the posterior edge of the pronotum and whilst being distinctly segmented are very thin and thread like for an Elaterid.

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

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

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Natural England
  • Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Distribution – Rare, with a few scattered records from the south coast, Thames estuary, south Wales, the Isle of Wight and Derbyshire.