Animal Species:Click beetles

There are about 800 different species of click beetles (family Elateridae) in Australia, many of which occur in the Sydney area.

A Click Beetle specimen

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Click beetles

Number of species

800

Identification

Most click beetles them are a dull brown colour and are often attracted to lights at night. Other species are brightly coloured and are found on flowers.

Size range

1 cm - 1.5 cm

Distribution

Click beetles are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

Click beetles live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

The larvae of click beetles are generally plant-eaters and are known as wireworms because of their hard, shiny, cylindrical body.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Click beetles can flick themselves upright when lying on their back using a spring mechanism on the underside of their body. This may help them escape predators.

Classification

Genus:
Conoderus
Subfamily:
Agrypninae
Family:
Elateridae
Superfamily:
Elateroidea
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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