Click Beetle Cardiophorus ruficollis (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Classification Coleoptera Family: Elateridae

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Size: 5.5-7mm.

Description Black head and elytra, with a shiny appearence. The pronotum is predominantly red, with a black marking extending in a solid ‘V’ shape from the anterior margin to around one third of the way down. Distinct longitudinal rows are visible running the length of the e lytra. The legs are mostly black, becoming browner towards the tarsi and on the tarsal claws. Antennae are black and are fairly long, extending just beyond the posterior margin of the pronotum.

Life Cycle In mainland Europe the larvae are associated with rotting stumps and trunks of Pine (Pinus spp.).



Habitat Coniferous forest.

By This image is created by user Dick Belgers at, a source of nature observations in the Netherlands. [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons