Click beetle Click to enlarge image
Click beetle, Genus Conoderus Image: Andrew Donnelly
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Genus
    Conoderus
    Subfamily
    Agrypninae
    Family
    Elateridae
    Super Family
    Elateroidea
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Number of Species
    800
  • Size Range
    1 cm - 1.5 cm

Introduction

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

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.

Habitat

Click beetles live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Distribution

Click beetles are found throughout Australia.

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.