Elateridae of the British Isles

Dalopius marginatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Size – 6-9mm.

Description – Elytra predominantly a dark orange colour with a chestnut brown coloured stripe running down the centre, wider at the anterior and narrowing towards the posterior. Pits form rows down the length of the elytra. The pronotum and head are dark brown with lighter orange angles and edge. A sparse covering of hairs are visible. The legs are orange. The antennae are dark brown and very long, extending a way beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum.  

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Dalopius marginatus across Britain and Ireland.

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

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Dorset Environmental Records Centre
  • National Trust
  • Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Merseyside BioBank
  • Lothian Wildlife Information Centre
  • Merseyside BioBank
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Highland Biological Recording Group
  • Greenspace Information for Greater London
  • North East Scotland Biological Records Centre
  • Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Balfour-Browne Club
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre
  • National Trust for Scotland (staff)
  • Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre
  • Staffordshire Ecological Record

Distribution – Common and well distributed throughout England and Wales, scarcer, but widespread in Scotland.

Photo by K.V. Makarov courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera

Photo by K.V. Makarov courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera