Dalopius marginatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
One of 65 UK species of Elateridae (Click Beetles) is Dalopius marginatus. The common name is extremely apt, as the beetle has the ability to flick itself upright should it fall onto it's back. It is able to do this by flexing a well developed joint between the first and second thoracic stermites. This also seems to be used as a defence mechanism if the beetle feels threatened. D. marginatus is a small Click Beetle, at around 9mm length and although quite inconspicuous, is a common species. Like most species, it particularly favours low vegetation.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dalopius marginatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018. Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019.

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Updated January 2022

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