Click Beetle
( Elateridae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Elateridae
(Leach, 1815)
Common Name:Click Beetle
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Elateridae
Taxon Code:COL01014
ITIS TSN#:113879

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
ECI Site#:CAEB010108

RECOGNITION
Peculiar in being able to "click" and jump: if placed on their backs, click beetles use the flexible union of the prothorax and mesothorax (the prosternal spine fits into a groove on the mesosternum) to snap and jump usually falling right side up (in other beetles, the union of prothorax and mesothorax allows little or no movement)
Body Length
1-60 mm.
Colors
Generally, black or brown; but some may have striking coloration.

BIOLOGY
Food
Adults usually eat plants. Larvae eat newly planted seeds, roots, etc., some eat other insects.
Habitat
Found in all but aquatic and the most severe arctic and alpine habitats: adults on flowers/vegetation or under bark; larvae in rotten logs or soil.
Distribution
Worldwide, and throughout North America.

HABITAT
Found in all but aquatic and the most severe arctic and alpine habitats: adults on flowers/vegetation or under bark; larvae in rotten logs or soil.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Family Elateridae - Click Beetles. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/115). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#113879


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