Agriotes

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Agriotes
Agriotes.gallicus.jpg
Agriotes gallicus
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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. "Fauna Europaea". fauna-eu.org.
  2. "Nomenclator Zoologicus Record Detail". www.ubio.org.
  3. "Elateridae" (TXT). Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  4. Maurice Burton; Robert Burton (2002). International Wildlife Encyclopedia. 4. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 466–467. ISBN 978-0-76147-266-7.

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