Agriotes sputator


    Size about 9mm this is a mainly mid brown coloured species of click beetle.  Note that A. lineatus may look similar, but the stripes along the elytra in that species have a two-tone dark and light appearance. Agriotes obscurus is another similar species, but the pronotum, in A. obscurus is much narrower at the front than in the middle and much more strongly contracted towards the front. Conversely, in A. sputator, the pronotum is more nearly parallel-sided and much less strongly contracted to the front.


    Meadows and grassy places, also in cereal crops.

    When to see it

    An early species likely to be encountered from late March onwards.

    Life History

    The long lived larvae feed on the roots of grasses and other plants

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread and quite frequent in the southern half of Britain. 

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map