Love love this photo of the MOST unusual bug I have seen! This propels the beetle into the air and helps turn it right-side-up if it is on its back. Click here to order my children's book THE BEAVERS' BUSY YEAR. Eastern Eyed Click Beetle The click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Voted!! Don't like spam? Description. The students couldn’t see it. I’m not sure how you identify the larvae so you know which ones to eliminate! It will bend its head backward then suddenly straighten out.

thank you Amit, I thought it to be a unique looking bug as well. As I understand it, the larvae of many beetle species are known as wireworms, and most eat plants, but the Eyed Click Beetle apparently eats both plants and insects. This results in a loud click sound. If you choose to contribute, you may go to and click on the yellow “donate” button. If the click beetle lands on its back (a very vulnerable position), it will click again until it is upright. Check: The beetle accomplishes this by snapping its fingerlike spine. If he nudged it a bit to make it move, the camouflage pattern would “disappear.” But, if he nudged it too much…there would have been a lot of screams from the group because the bug would have suddenly emitted a loud click and jumped into the air.

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P hoto by Sarah Rayner Click beetles are fascinating! Sarett is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community nature center located in southwestern Michigan, along the Paw Paw River valley.

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Like all members of the click beetle, or Elateridae, family, it gets its name from the sound it makes when it flips itself upright. A sharp-eyed naturalist spied this creature sitting on a wooden rail. I've … Click beetles use this mechanism to right themselves if they are on their backs. I’m afraid WordPress doesn’t allow me to see photos. Elateridae or click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them from the related families Cerophytidae and Eucnemidae) are family of beetles.

The Eyed Click Beetle’s real eyes, one on either side of its small head, are located at the base of its saw-toothed antennae.

Talking alien clickenguage :))). There is a spine on its poststernum that can be snapped into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum. Not exactly what a hungry predator expects.

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