- Elater vittatus Fabricius, 1792
No status defined
Value of species
This species is present in most of Europe and in the Near East. It is widespread and common in England. It especially occurs in mixed and broadleaved woodlands. It can be found in plain and lowlands and in highlands, at an elevation of 350–6,000 metres (1,150–19,690 ft) above sea level, but in the Alps it can reach above 1200 m.
Athous vittatus can reach a length of about 8–12 millimetres (0.31–0.47 in). The body is slightly hairy. Pronotum is generally dark brown, while elytra are usually chestnut or reddish brown with dark brown longitudinal stripes in the middle and in the outer edges. Also the legs have a light brown colour.
This species is closely related and similar to Athous haemorrhoidalis.
Larvae develop in the soil feeding on the roots of various herbaceous plants. They pupate from late May until early June. Adults are associated with a wide range of broadleaved trees, especially Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Oak (Quercus spp.), Walnut (Juglans regia) and Alder trees (Alnus glutinosa).
- Król Ż. Fauna koleopterologiczna Janowa pod Lwowem // Sprawozdanie Komisyi Fizyjograficznej. – Kraków, 1877. – 11. – S.33-63.