Elateridae of the British Isles

Melanotus castanipes (Paykull, 1800)

Size – 13-19mm.

Description – One of the larger British Elaterids. Unicolourous black and very elongated with tapering elytra. Longitudinal rows of pits are obvious, as are densely scattered pits on the pronotum. The legs and antennae are black and the antennae are long, extending a way beyond the posterior margin of the pronotum, slightly shorter in the female.  

Distribution – Unknown. Status recently revised by Mendel (2004). (Duff, 2008).