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  Click Beetle (Elateridae family )





Click Beetle | Elateridae family  photo
Click Beetle

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Click Beetle | Elateridae family  photo
Click Beetle on its back. It flexes its body to activate the click.

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Click Beetle | Elateridae family  photo
Click Beetle

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



CLICK BEETLE FACTS

Identification
Click Beetles are a long thin oval shape. The body is dark brown with lined pattern along the back. The antennae are serrated. When threatened r overturned, Click Beetles can flick themselves into the air with a clicking sound. The beetle does this by flexing the joint between sections of the thorax where there is a peg on one side of the joint and a groove on the other. The peg snaps into the groove catapulting the insect into the air. If it does not land the right way up it repeats the click until it does. The click can make it jump 15-30cm into the air.

Size
18mm

Habitat
often seen around lights at night

Food
Adults eat pollen and nectar. Larvae eat roots.

Breeding
larvae have thin cylindrical hard wiry body and are known as wireworms. They live in the soil



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Elateridae
Genus:Elateridae family
Species:
Common Name:Click Beetle