Click Beetle Ampedus pomonae (Stephens, 1830)

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Classification Coleoptera Family: Elateridae

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Size: 8-11mm.


Description Black head and pronotum, with red elytra showing rows of longitudinal pits. The legs are black with lighter brown towards the apices of the tarsi. The antennae are black and extend to the posterior edge of the pronotum.

Life Cycle Little information available, but the species has been reported as developing in the rotten heartwood of Birch (Betula spp.). The insect pupates and ecloses in the autumn and the imago overwinters within the pupal case.

Very uncommon, with isolated populations around the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border and on the south coast in Hampshire and Dorset. Scattered historical records from west and south Wales.

Habitat Peatlands.

James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster [CC BY-SA 2.5 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons