Elateridae of the British Isles

Cardiophorus ruficollis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Size – 5.5-7mm.

Description – Black head and elytra, with a shiny appearence. The pronotum is predominantly red, with a black marking extending in a solid ‘V’ shape from the anterior margin to around one third of the way down. Distinct longitudinal rows are visible running the length of the e lytra. The legs are mostly black, becoming browner towards the tarsi and on the tarsal claws. The antennae are black and are fairly long, extending just beyond the posterior margin of the pronotum.

Distribution – Thought extinct in Britain. Historical records from Stephens (1830) from London and Norfolk, but no further records since (Mendel, 1988).

Biology – In continental Europe the larvae are associated with rotting stumps and trunks of Pine (Pinus spp.).

Habitat – Coniferous forest.

Photo by B.M. Loboda courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera

Photo by B.M. Loboda courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera