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Agriotes lineatus



Agriotes lineatus (wireworm)


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  • 27 March 2018
  • 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.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


IranPresentEPPO, 2014
IsraelPresentEPPO, 2014

North America

CanadaRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
-British ColumbiaPresentEPPO, 2014
-Nova ScotiaPresentEPPO, 2014
-Prince Edward IslandPresentDouglas, 2011
USAPresentEPPO, 2014
-MassachusettsPresentDouglas, 2011


AustriaWidespreadEPPO, 2014
BelgiumRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
BulgariaUnconfirmed record
Czech RepublicWidespreadEPPO, 2014
Czechoslovakia (former)WidespreadEPPO, 2014
DenmarkRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
EstoniaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
FinlandRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
Former USSRUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
FranceRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
GermanyWidespreadEPPO, 2014
HungaryUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
ItalyRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
LuxembourgRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
NetherlandsRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
PortugalWidespreadEPPO, 2014
RomaniaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
Russian FederationRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
-Russia (Europe)PresentEPPO, 2014
-Russian Far EastPresentEPPO, 2014
SpainRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
SwedenWidespreadEPPO, 2014
SwitzerlandWidespreadEPPO, 2014
UKPresentUSDA, 1967
UkraineUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

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.

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