Click Beetle Athous bicolor (Goeze, 1777)

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Classification Coleoptera Family: Elateridae

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Size: 8-10mm.

Description Eongated species. Eytra are an ochre/yellow colour with obvious ridges and pits running down their length. Pronotum being slightly darker. The hairs are very similar in colour to the elytra. The legs and antennae are unicolourous with the rest of the insect and the antennae are very long, extending far beyind the posterior edge of the pronotum.

Life Cycle Larvae develops subterranean , feeding on roots of a range of grass species. Imago insects appear from June to July and August and can be found resting on grass stems and flowers of Umbellifers in the afternoon until dusk and by beating branches of Oak (Quercus spp.), Willow (Salix spp.) and a range of shrub species. Male insects fly during the evening, with the females more commonly found under stones and on low growing herbaceous plants.



Habitat Grassland

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