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Agriotes lineatus



Agriotes lineatus (wireworm)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Agriotes lineatus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • wireworm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Agriotes lineatus (Linnaeus)

Preferred Common Name

  • wireworm

Other Scientific Names

  • Agriotes segetis Bjerkander
  • Agriotus striatus (F.)
  • Agriotus striolatus (F.)
  • Agriotus suecius (GMELIN)
  • Elater segetis Bjerk.

International Common Names

  • English: click beetle, lined; common click beetle; elaterid beetle, striped; lined click beetle; striped elaterid beetle; wireworm (larvae)
  • Spanish: agriote; doradilla; elatérido rayado; gusano de alambre
  • French: taupin rayé

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: stribet kornsmælder
  • Finland: jouvikas viljaseppä
  • Germany: Schnellkaefer, Feldhumus-; Schnellkaefer, Saat-
  • Italy: Bissole (larva); Bissole o ferretti (larva); Elaterio dei cereali; Elaterio lineato; Filo; Gremignola
  • Netherlands: Kniptor, gestreepte
  • Norway: stripet kornsmeller
  • Sweden: randig sädesknäppare

EPPO code

  • AGRILI (Agriotes lineatus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Elateridae
  •                             Genus: Agriotes
  •                                 Species: Agriotes lineatus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


IranPresentEPPO (2020)
IsraelPresentEPPO (2020)
TurkeyPresentEPPO (2020)


AustriaPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
BelgiumPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
BulgariaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
CroatiaPresentEPPO (2020)
CzechiaPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
CzechoslovakiaPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2014)
Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
DenmarkPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
EstoniaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
FinlandPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
FrancePresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
GermanyPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
HungaryPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
ItalyPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
LatviaPresentEPPO (2020)
LuxembourgPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
NetherlandsPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
PolandPresentEPPO (2020)
PortugalPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
RomaniaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated); EPPO (2020)
RussiaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
-Russia (Europe)PresentEPPO (2020)
-Russian Far EastPresentEPPO (2020)
SlovakiaPresentEPPO (2020)
SloveniaPresentEPPO (2020)
SpainPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
SwedenPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
SwitzerlandPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
UkrainePresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
United KingdomPresentUSDA (1967)

North America

CanadaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
-British ColumbiaPresentEPPO (2020)
-Nova ScotiaPresentEPPO (2020)
-Prince Edward IslandPresentDouglas (2011)
United StatesPresentEPPO (2020)
-MassachusettsPresentDouglas (2011)

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / external feeding


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Bonnemaison L, 1955. Diverses methodes protection des cultures contre les taupins. Ann. Epiphyt., 6(3):329-405.

Douglas H, 2011. New records of European wireworm pests and other click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Canada and USA. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario, 142:11-17.

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

USDA, 1967. Cooperative Economic Insect Report, 17:1049-1050.

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

Douglas H, 2011. New records of European wireworm pests and other click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Canada and USA. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario. 11-17.

EPPO, 2014. EPPO Global database (available online). Paris, France: EPPO.

EPPO, 2020. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO.

USDA, 1967. Cooperative Economic Insect Report., 17 1049-1050.

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