Body length 10 - 11mm. The thorax is dark, blackish and the elytra (wing cases) are slightly lighter brown. It is fairly hairy all over. When seen in flight the abdomen is a yellow/orange.
Woodland edge and grasslands. The larvae (wireworms) feed on roots.
Status and distribution
One of our commonest click beetles and commonest in England and Wales, less so in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to August.