Larvae are up to 30 mm long, shiny and cream, yellow or tan with three pairs of legs just behind the head. They are hard-bodied, cylindrical and segmented with a rounded head. Adult beetles of Pterohelaeus spp. are 20 mm long and dark grey-black with a distinctive 'pie-dish' shape formed by flanges around the outline of the beetle.
Striate false wirewormPterohelaeus alternatus