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Dark Brown Click Beetle (Limonius spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Dark Brown Click Beetle

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

Updated: 09/23/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 and ground cover. 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 'click' sound that is clearly audible. This flipping maneuver is useful to right itself should it fall over (i.e. climbing a rock). It can also propel the beetle away from dangerous predators trying to eat it.

The adult has a long, narrow, brown body. The elytra (wing coverings) are slightly ribbed and the insect is covered is short, downy hairs. Larvae of the Click Beetle are called wireworms because of their thin bodies. They resemble mealworms, or centipedes without all the legs. Most wireworms feed on dead or decaying plant matter or animal tissue.

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: Limonius
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Limonius spp.
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 17mm (0.43" to 0.66")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: hairy, long, ridges, slow, narrow, noise

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 11mm (0.4in) and 17mm (0.7in)
Lo: 11mm
Md: 14mm
Hi: 17mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Dark Brown 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 Dark Brown Click Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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