Elateridae of the British Isles

Ampedus sanguineus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Size – 12-17mm.

Description - Black head and pronotum, with dense, scattered pits visible over the entent of the pronotum.  The elytra are red, with two very slightly darker spots towards the anterior central area. Longitudinal rows of pits are obvious down the elytra as is a covering of short, black hairs. The legs are black, only lightening slightly towards the tarsal claws. The antennae are black and extend just beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum.

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

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

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre

Distribution – Extinct in Britain and known only from historical records taken in the 19th centuary from Salisbury and the New Forest. A likely further specimen was taken from the New Forest in 1830. (Mendel, 1988). It is questionable as to whether this species was ever native to Britain (Alexander, 2002).

Biology – Thought to be associated with conifers.