Random Insect: Click Beetle

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Click beetle photographed 05/18/2016 at Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

Click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) are unique insects because of a special trick they can perform. When they find themselves stuck upside-down or alarmed by a potential predator, they can suddenly “snap” their flexible thoracic joints to create a “click” sound and launch themselves through the air. After jumping several inches from their starting point they usually find themselves upright, ready to continue about their day.

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Click beetle photographed 05/18/2016 at Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

These beetles are found in a wide variety of habitats. Approximately 10,000 species have been described worldwide, with nearly 1,000 in North America alone. The adults and larvae of most species feed on a variety of plant material, but generally fall into the category of “mostly harmless” to humans.

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Click beetle photographed 05/18/2016 at Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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