Agriotes

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Agriotes
Agriotes.gallicus.jpg
Agriotes gallicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Elateridae
Genus: Agriotes
Eschscholtz, 1829[1][2]
Type species
Elages sputator
Linnaeus, 1758

Agriotes is a genus of beetles in the family Elateridae. These beetles are called "click beetles". The genus contains many species. They are found in the Americas, Asia and much of Europe.[3]

The larvae, called "wireworms", feed on roots of plants and also on seeds lying on the ground. They are considered pests by farmers because they damage crops.[4]

Agriotes is divided into four subgenera:

  • Agriodrastus Reitter, 1911
  • Agriotes Eschscholtz, 1829
  • Tinecoides Gurjeva, 1979
  • Tinecus Fleutieux, 1940

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.faunaeur.org/full_results.php?id=235399
  2. http://www.ubio.org/NZ/detail.php?d=1&uid=5361
  3. "Elateridae" (TXT). Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  4. Maurice Burton (2002). International Wildlife Encyclopedia. 4. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 466–467. ISBN 9780761472667. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)

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