Elateridae of the British Isles

Cardiophorus asellus Erichson, 1840

Size – 8-10.5mm. 

Description – Uniform black with an obvious covering of brown hairs. Rows of pits are visible running the length of the elytra. The legs are predominantly black with brown tarsi. The antennae are black and are long, extending beyond the posterior margin of the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Cardiophorus asellus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Cardiophorus asellus Erichson, 1840 based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Dorset Environmental Records Centre
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Natural England

Distribution – Scattered, mainly coastal records from southern England up to Lincolnshire and Wales. No records from Scotland.