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  • Dark Brown Click Beetle - (Limonius spp)

    Dark Brown Click Beetle - (Limonius spp)

    The unassuming Dark Brown Click Beetle looks ordinary, but it has an extraordinary ability to flip itself upright with a simple flick.

    Staff Writer (2/10/2017): Adult Dark Brown Click Beetles may wander indoors on hot days. This is usually when they are noticed. They are typically overlooked outside, where they are hard to see in foliage, ground cover and the like. All click Beetles have a spine on their ventral (belly) side that creates a violent snap that is strong enough to flip an upside-down beetle back onto its feet. The snapping creates a loud 'click' noise that is audible to the human ear. This flipping maneuver is useful to right itself should it fall over (i.e. climbing a rock) or to ward off would-be predators from eating it.

    Larvae of the Click Beetle are called wireworms because of their thin bodies. They somewhat resemble mealworms or centipedes without all the legs. Most wireworms feed on dead or decaying plant matter or animal tissue.

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    Dark Brown Click Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Dark Brown Click Beetle
    Scientific Name: Limonius spp

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Elateridae
           Genus: Limonius
            Species: spp

    Size (Adult, Length): 11mm to 17mm (0.43in to 0.67in)

    Identifying Colors: brown

    Additional Descriptors: hairy, long, ridges, slow, narrow, noise

    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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