Elateridae of the British Isles

Zorochros minimus (Boisduval & Lacordaire, 1835)

Size – 2-2.7mm.

Description – A small and rounded species. Unicolorous black over the head, pronotum and elytra, some specimens showing four yellow spots, two on each elytron – one at the anterior outer margin and the other near the posterior edge in the centres. The legs can be yellow or brown. The antennae are brown to black throughout most of their length, with the first 2-3 segments yellow in some specimens. The antennae are short, not extending to the posterior margin on the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Zorochros minimus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Zorochros minimus (Boisduval & Lacordaire, 1835) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Tullie House Museum
  • Natural England
  • Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre
  • Highland Biological Recording Group
  • National Trust for Scotland (staff)
  • North East Scotland Biological Records Centre

Distribution – Fairly common and widespread in Wales, England north from Leicestershire and central and north Scotland. Other isolated records from Devon and Somerset.