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Black-and-white Click Beetle (Chalcolepidius webbi)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Black-and-white Click Beetle



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



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 over or placed onto its back, this beetle, like all Click Beetles, can flip itself upright and onto its feet. It is more flexible in the thoracic region than other beetles, allowing it to snap a small spine which then launches the beetle upward. The flip can sometimes reach heights greater than 12 cm (5 inches). The snapping of the spine also 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. Look for them near willow, Ponderosa pine, oak, and other trees found in the Sonoran desert and southern parts of the Mojave desert.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Elateridae
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          Genus: Chalcolepidius
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            Species: webbi
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Chalcolepidius webbi
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 38mm (0.98" to 1.49")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, white, blue
Descriptors: click, flip, flying, long, slow
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 25mm (1.0in) and 38mm (1.5in)
Lo: 25mm
Md: 31.5mm
Hi: 38mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Black-and-white Click Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Black-and-white Click Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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