One of the larger British Click Beetles at 13 to 17mm long. The species is uniformly black. Ridges running the length of the elytra are distinctive. The antennae are fairly long.
Quite a widespread use of habitats, but most commonly on fertile soils in the English lowlands.
All year round but especially in summer.
The larvae are thought to develop in decaying wood; however any further detail seems to be unknown.
Well distributed and fairly frequent in England and Wales north to Northumberland. Only a handful of scattered records from Scotland, mostly in the west.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 20 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015