Agriotes lineatus

    Description

    This 'click beetle' is easy to identify due to the light and dark stripes along the length of its elytra.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    In grasses and other vegetation and amongst crops.

    When to see it

    Peaking May and June

    Life History

    The larvae, commonly called wireworms, live underground for up to four years where they feed on the roots of many different plants. They can be pests by eating potatoes and other crops.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in England as far north as Staffordshire and Cheshire. Welsh records are mainly from costal areas. Only scattered and historical records in northern England and Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 38 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map