Elateridae of the British Isles

Negastrius sabulicola (Boheman, 1851)

Size – 3-5.5mm.

Description – Rounded with a long pronotum. The head and pronotum are black with a dense covering of yellowish hairs. 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 length. The legs are dark yellow and antennae are dark yellow at the base, darkening to brown after the first 2-3 segments. The antennae are short, not exceeding the length of the head and pronotum.

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

British and Irish distribution of Negastrius sabulicola (Boheman, 1852) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Tullie House Museum
  • Natural England

Distribution – Scattered records from south Wales, Cumbria and Northumberland, with a handful of historic records from south-west Scotland.

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

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