Elateridae of the British Isles

Kibunea minuta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Size – 6-8mm.

Description – Uniformly black in colour and metallic in appearence. A fine covering of hairs is visible. The antennae are relatively thin and thread like for an Elaterid, but still distinctly segmented and extend beyond the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Kibunea minuta across Britain and Ireland.

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

Distribution data supplied by:

  • National Trust
  • Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Merseyside BioBank
  • Greenspace Information for Greater London
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre
  • Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre
  • Staffordshire Ecological Record

Distribution – Widespread and quite common in England up to Northumberland and the Solway Firth. Only a handful of Scottish records from East Lothian.

Biology – The larvae feed on the roots of various grass species in woodlands. Imago insects emerge in May and June and can be found by beating branches of a umber of tree species including Oak (Quercus spp.), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Elder (Sambucus nigra), Cherry (Prunus avium), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris). In France, Leseigneur (1972) observed males flying up and down in a rapid vertical movement around the branches of Scots Pine trees where female insects were resting, prior to mating. 

Habitat – Broadleaved and mixed woodland.