Elateridae of the British Isles

Melanotus punctolineatus (Pelerin, 1829)

Size – 11-16mm.

Description – Unicolourous black and elongated, with tapering elytra, more pronounced in the male. Longitudinal rows of pits are obvious running the length of the elytra, as well has densely scattered shallower pits also covering the elytra and the pronotum. There is a dense covering of brown hairs. The legs and antennae are black. In the male the antennae are long, extending a way beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum, whereas in the female they are considerably shorter, just reaching the posterior margin of the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Melanotus punctolineatus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Melanotus punctolineatus (Pelerin, 1829) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Natural England
  • Countryside Council for Wales

Distribution – Very local, with most records coming from Kent. Scattered others from Suffolk and Swansea.