Click beetle doing its thing


Click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) get their common name from a neat trick they can perform. These insects have uniquely flexible thoracic joints that they can suddenly “snap” at will in order to launch themselves through the air. This movement is accompanied by a characteristic “click” sound. Click beetles use this ability to right themselves and to startle and evade predators. By annoying the individual shown here as a predator might, I was able to get it to perform this trick. Recorded 07/18/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.


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2 Responses to Click beetle doing its thing

  1. Great video, I really enjoyed the information.


  2. Jenny says:

    Heehee, so cool!


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