There are about 800 different species of click beetles (family Elateridae) in Australia, many of which occur in the Sydney area.
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.
Click beetles live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.
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.