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Agriotes sputator
(click beetle, common)



Agriotes sputator (click beetle, common)


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  • 16 November 2021
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Agriotes sputator
  • Preferred Common Name
  • click beetle, common
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Agriotes sputator (Linnaeus)

Preferred Common Name

  • click beetle, common

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: lille kornsmælder
  • Germany: Schnellkaefer, Gartenhumus-; Schnellkaefer, Salat-
  • Netherlands: Kniptor
  • Sweden: mindre sädesknäppare

EPPO code

  • AGRISU (Agriotes sputator)

Taxonomic Tree

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

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: 12 May 2022
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes




Federal Republic of YugoslaviaPresent
Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsPresent
United KingdomPresent

North America

CanadaPresent, Localized
-New BrunswickPresent
-Nova ScotiaPresent

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Carabidae Predator Arthropods|Larvae
Entomophthora elateridiphaga Pathogen
Zoophthora elateridiphaga Pathogen


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

Št'astná, P., Psota, V., 2013. Arthropod diversity (Arthropoda) on abandoned apple trees. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, 61(5), 1405-1422. doi: 10.11118/actaun201361051405

Distribution References

Arnaudov V, Raykov S, Davidova R, Hristov H, Vasilev V, Petkov P, 2012. Monitoring of pest populations - an important element of integrated pest management of field crops. Agricultural Science and Technology. 4 (1), 77-80.

Brian M V, 1947. On the Ecology of Beetles of the Genus Agriotes with special Reference to A. obscurus. Journal of Animal Ecology. 16 (2), 210-224 pp. DOI:10.2307/1496

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

EPPO, 2022. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO. 1 pp.

Fox C J S, 1961. The Distribution and Abundance of Wireworms in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Canadian Entomologist. 93 (4), 276-279. DOI:10.4039/Ent93276-4

Furlan L, Toth M, Parker W E, Ivezic M, Pancic S, Brmez M, Dobrinčić R, Igrc Barčić J, Muresan F, Subchev M et al, , , , , , , 2001. The Efficacy of the New Agriotes Sex Pheromone Traps in Detecting Wireworm Pouplation Levels in Different European Countries. [XXI IWGO Conference & VIII Diabrotica Subgroup Meeting (2001)], 293-304.

Hicks H, Blackshaw R P, 2008. Differential responses of three Agriotes click beetle species to pheromone traps. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. 10 (4), 443-448. DOI:10.1111/j.1461-9563.2008.00397.x

Kabalak M, Özbek H, 2018. Research on the family Elateridae (Coleoptera) of Turkey: new distributional data, female descriptions and distributional evaluation. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 144 (1), 143-166.

Keller S, 1994. The fungus Zoophthora elateridiphaga as an important mortality factor of the click beetle Agriotes sputator. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 63 (1), 90-91. DOI:10.1006/jipa.1994.1014

Leatherdale D, 1970. The arthropod hosts of entomogenous fungi in Britain. Entomophaga. 15 (4), 419-435. DOI:10.1007/BF02370311

Št'astná P, Psota V, 2013. Arthropod diversity (Arthropoda) on abandoned apple trees. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis. 61 (5), 1405-1422. DOI:10.11118/actaun201361051405

Staudacher K, Pitterl P, Furlan L, Cate P C, Traugott M, 2011. PCR-based species identification of Agriotes larvae. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 101 (2), 201-210. DOI:10.1017/S0007485310000337

Tóth M, Furlan L, Yatsynin V G, Ujváry I, Szarukán I, Imrei Z, Tolasch T, Francke W, Jossi W, 2003. Identification of pheromones and optimization of bait composition for click beetle pests (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Central and Western Europe. Pest Management Science. 59 (4), 417-425. DOI:10.1002/ps.629

Webster R, Sweeney J, DeMerchant I, 2012. New Coleoptera records from New Brunswick, Canada: Elateridae. ZooKeys. 93-113. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.179.2603

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