Hemicrepidius hirtus


    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.

    Identification difficulty

    Quite a widespread use of habitats, but most commonly on fertile soils in the English lowlands.

    When to see it

    All year round but especially in summer.

    Life History

    The larvae are thought to develop in decaying wood; however any further detail seems to be unknown.

    UK Status

    Well distributed and fairly frequent in England and Wales north to Northumberland. Only a handful of scattered records from Scotland, mostly in the west.

    VC55 Status

    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

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