Elateridae of the British Isles

Negastrius pulchellus (Linnaeus, 1761)

Size – 2.5-5mm.

Description – Another very small species. Rounded with a long pronotum as characteristic of the genus. The head and pronotum are black, with yellowish posterior angles of the pronotum. The elytra are patterned black and yellow, with strong longitudinal rows that show an inwards curve about two thirds of the way down the elytra. The legs are yellow. The antennae are yellow at the base, darkening to brown towards the apices and are short, not extending beyond around half the length of the pronotum and head.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Negastrius pulchellus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Negastrius pulchellus (Linnaeus, 1761) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • National Trust for Scotland (staff)
  • North East Scotland Biological Records Centre

Distribution – Confined to north central Scotland, where it is only known from a few records, some historic.