click beetle

(Family Elateridae)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

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click beetle (Family Elateridae)

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Occurrence

Common

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Size

Total Length: 1 16 to 1¾

Most: to ¾

         
         
         
          Photo by Bill Reynolds

Identification

The body is long and somewhat flattened. It is usually brown or black, sometimes metallic, sometimes with pale or colorful markings. The front of the body (head and prothorax) and the back of the body (mesothorax, metathorax, and abdomen) are loosely connected and can be moved independently. On the underside, an elongated lobe on the prosternum fits into a groove in the mesosternum, allowing the insect to produce an audible click. The hind angles of the thoracic plate (pronotum) are sharp and backward pointing.

The antennae have eleven segments and are attached close to the eyes. They are usually sawtoothed, sometimes comb-like.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29.

 


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Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)

 

Infraorder:

Elateriformia

 

Superfamily:

Elateroidea (click, firefly and soldier beetles)

 

Family:

Elateridae (click beetles)

 
Subordinate Taxa

toothed click beetle (Denticollis denticornis)

 
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Names

click beetle


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Bill Reynolds


Finding a number of these Click Beetles hanging around my bee hives.

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toothed click beetle (Denticollis denticornis)

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  Click Beetle (Elateridae) Demonstrating Click Mechanism
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Uploaded on Jul 8, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (07 July 2010).

 
     
  Click Beetle (Elateridae) on Leaf
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 27, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (27 May 2010).

 
     
  Click Beetle (Elateridae: Agriotes fucosus) Close-up
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 3, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (03 June 2011). Thanks to Blaine Mathison and v belov(@Bugguide.net) for identifying this specimen!

 
     
  Elateridae - Click Beetle
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Published on Oct 2, 2015

This beetle has a special way to get off its back!

Here is more information:
http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Elateridae/

 
     

 

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Bill Reynolds
7/13/2016

Location: Numedal Township, Pennington Co., MN

Finding a number of these Click Beetles hanging around my bee hives.

click beetle (Family Elateridae)


     
     
 

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