Elateridae of the British Isles

Oedostethus quadripustulatus (Fabricius, 1793)

Size – 3-3.5mm.

Description – A vert small species and rather rounded in appearence. The head and pronotum are dark brown to black, with dark yellow posterior angles on the pronotum. The elytra are predominantly black, with four yellow spots, two on each elytron, one at the anterior outer margin and the other almost at the posterior margin, in the centres. The legs are yellow and antennae, a yellowish/light brown colour, extending to the posterior margin of the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Oedostethus quadripustulatus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Oedostethus quadripustulatus (Fabricius, 1792) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • National Trust
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre

Distribution – A wide but scattered distribution, extending from West Sussex in the south to Northumberland in the north. No records from Scotland or Wales.