Elateridae of the British Isles

Ampedus balteatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Size – 7-10mm.

Description – The pronotum and head are black, with predominantly red elytra turning black around two thirds down their length. Deep pits form distinct lines down the length of the elytra. The femora and tibia are black, with red/orange tarsi. The antennae are black and extend to the posterior edge of the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Ampedus balteatus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Ampedus balteatus (Linnaeus, 1758) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Dorset Environmental Records Centre
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Balfour-Browne Club
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre
  • Highland Biological Recording Group

Distribution – Fairly common and widely distributed in England and Wales. Only an handful of records from northern and central Scotland.

Biology – The larvae develops in various tree species and utilises rotten stumps and branches. Pupation occurs in the autumn and the ecloses, with the imago insect wintering in the pupa. Imagos are diurnal and can be found resting sometimes quite conspicuously in foliage.

Habitat – Fairly wide ranging from broadleaved and mixed woodland to heathland to peat moorlands.