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Luminescent Click Beetle (Deilelater physoderus)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Luminescent Click Beetle, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 5/29/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Luminescent Click Beetle  
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The Luminescent Click Beetle has all the options: glowing body parts, sound production, gymnastic ability and wings for flight.

If ever there was a beetle made for a circus, it would be the Luminescent Click Beetle. It may look like any other brown beetle to most, but this humble-looking insect can do a myriad of tricks other insects can't. Look for its long brown body and two yellowish-white spots, one each on the outer edges of the thorax, when trying to identify it.

Like Fireflies, this beetle has light-producing organs. These organs are under the insect and give it a blue-green glow. Bioluminescence is not widespread in the insect world, so having it makes the Luminescent Click Beetle special. Because it is a member of Elateridae, it is able to snap a spine-like appendage against its chest which creates a 'click' or snapping noise as well as elevation. This feature allows the beetle to flip itself should it ever get turned onto its back. It also helps it quickly move away from threats like predators. The 'jump' can be quite high (about 10cm, or 6 inches) for such a small creature. This beetle can also fly, like all beetles. This collection of abilities makes the Luminescent Click Beetle extraordinary.

Luminescent Click Beetle Information

Category: Beetle
Common Name: Luminescent Click Beetle
Scientific Name: Deilelater physoderus
Other Name(s): Jacknife Beetle

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Coleoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Elateridae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Deilelater
       Arrow graphic Species: physoderus

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 15 mm to 24 mm (0.585 inches to 0.936 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown
Additional Descriptors: dusty, click, snap, jump, flip, light, iridescent, glowing, neon, firefly, flying

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arizona; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; New Mexico; Texas; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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