Depending on the species, females lay from 80 to 300 eggs at a soil depth of 6 cm, between June and July. They prefer sites with a protective plant cover, such as perennial grass-clover leys, grassland, fallow land or weed-infested cereal crops. Larvae hatch about a month after the laying of eggs, in July/August. Depending on the weather conditions throughout the year, the entire lifecycle of wireworms ranges from 3 to 6 years.
Especially under conditions of persistent drought, larvae look for water-rich potatoes as food sources, and chew tunnels 2 to 4 mm wide.
Larvae are able to survive without food for up to a year. As they mature, the scale of damage increases. Larvae pupate in the last year of their larval state, in mid-summer, in soil layers located at different depths depending on the species. Beetles hatching a week or two later overwinter primarily in the ground. Starting in March, they become active again, and reproduce usually in May, less commonly in the summer.