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  • Click Beetle - (Melanotus spp.)

    Click Beetle - (Melanotus spp.)

    Click Beetles come in a variety of colors and patterns, but the ones in Melanotus are mostly brown and unassuming.


    Staff Writer (6/19/2017): Click Beetles make audible clicks when fleeing a predator or threat. A spine on the anterior (belly) side of the beetle snaps with great force, propelling the beetle away from danger. The force is strong enough to flip a beetle from being stuck on its back, a helpless position for most insects.

    Larvae of this genus are also called wireworms. They feed on the roots and tubers of crops such as corn, potatoes and wheat. They are considered a pest as they move from plant to plant underground. They may feed for years before pupating into adults.

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    Click Beetle


    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Click Beetle
    Scientific Name: Melanotus spp.
    Other Names: Skipjack Beetle, Jacknife Beetle

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Elateridae
           Genus: Melanotus
            Species: spp.





    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 18mm (0.39in to 0.71in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, black

    Additional Descriptors: long, narrow, slow, flying


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; 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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