Adrastus pallens


    Length 4.5 to 5 mm. One of the smallest of the British Elaterids. The elytra, legs and antennae are orange-brown with a darker stripe down the centre of the elytra. The pronotum and head are black. Pits are visible in rows running the length of the elytra. The antennae are very long, extending beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum.

    Identification difficulty

    Primarily wetland habitats including wet meadows, stream edges and fens, but also hedgerows and rough grasslands. It has been found both on trees and on low growing vegetation.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England but not particularly common with only scattered records from Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 23 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.


    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map