Click Beetle


Common name : Click beetle

Scientific name : Conoderus exsul

Family : Elateridae

Native to : Worldwide distribution

Interesting fact : When it is touched, the click beetle will fall on its back and play dead.

Not longer than 18 mm in length, most click beetles have a dull colouring. They are nocturnal creatures. Their larvae are known as wireworms. Wireworms, mostly live on dead organisms, and are often considered to be agricultural pests. The click beetle is named such, because of the clicking noise it makes when it tries to right itself. It bends the spine and hooks it into a notch in the abdomen, which when released makes a loud clicking noise and propels the beetle upwards.

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