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  • Black-and-White Click Beetle - (Chalcolepidius webbi)

    Black-and-White Click Beetle - (Chalcolepidius webbi)

    Native to the arid regions of the U.S. Southwest and Mexico, the Black-and-White Click Beetle are found where pockets of moisture spring up.

    Picture of Black-and-White Click Beetle
    Staff Writer (9/21/2017): Long and slender, the Black-and-White Click Beetle has a large, black pronotum ('shoulder' area) that is edged in a creamy white color. The abdomen is also edged in white to varying degrees based on the individual. Some have more white on them than others. When knocked or placed onto its back, this beetle, like all Click Beetles, can flip itself over onto its feet. It is more flexible in the thoracic region than other beetles allowing it to snap a small spine which launches the beetle upward sometimes heights greater than 12 cm (5 inches). The snapping of the spine creates an audible click.

    Black-and-White Click Beetles feed on vegetation that grows in the rare moist areas in desert-like regions in its range. Willow, Ponderosa pine, oak, and other trees found in the Sonoran desert and southern parts of the Mojave desert.

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    Details of the:
    Black-and-White Click Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Black-and-White Click Beetle
    Scientific Name: Chalcolepidius webbi

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Elateridae
           Genus: Chalcolepidius
            Species: webbi

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 38mm (0.98in to 1.50in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white, blue

    Additional Descriptors: click, flip, flying, long, slow

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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