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.
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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.
1 cm - 1.5 cm
Click beetles are found throughout Australia.
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.