Marsh Click Beetle - Actenicerus sjaelandicus

    Description

    Size 10 to 16mm. A large species, varying in shade from rather grey-brown to chestnut-brown. A fairly dense covering of lighter grey coloured hairs gives the pronotum and elytra a patterned appearance and strong ridges running down the length of the elytra are visible. The legs and antennae are unicolourous with the rest of the insect. The antennae are around the length of the head and pronotum or slightly longer.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Marshy areas and other damp places.

    When to see it

    Adults emerge in May and can be found on the leaves and flowers of various herbaceous plants and trees, particularly Willow species and on Sedges.

    Life History

    Larvae develop underground in soil and feed on the roots of a variety of plants. 

    UK Status

    Most common in west Wales, becoming scarcer into the Midlands, Norfolk/Suffolk, the south-east and south coast. Isolated populations occur in the north-west of England and north and west Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. The specimen from Lea Meadows 22nd May 2015 is only the fourth record for our area (VC55).

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map