Click Beetle Agriotes obscurus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Classification Coleoptera Family: Elateridae

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Size: 7-10mm.

Description Very similar to A. lineatus. A uniform mid-brown coloured species with a very dense covering of lighter brown/cream hairs. The pronotum and elytra appear rounded. Rows of pits form ridges down the length of the elytra that appear in ‘pairs’ and are a darker brown colour to the rest of the elytra. The legs and antennae are slightly darker brown than the rest of the insect. The antennae are slightly longer than the length of the head and pronotum.

Life Cycle


Distribution Much commoner than A. lineatus, being widely distributed and common throughout England and Wales. Less frequent in Scotland.


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