Classification Coleoptera Family: Elateridae
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Size: Approximately 15 mms long
Phenology May to August.
Description Elytra slightly reddish brow covered in fine brown hairs.n , antenna all black
Dimorphiv Males are smaller than Females. Their pronotum lateral margin is less sinuated, compared to female
There are aprox 65 different species of click beetle in the Britain A click-beetle - uses a trick catch on its back as a self-righting mechanism and to escape from danger.The resulting click gives them their name.s. The special hinge on the thorax, operates when the body is arched createing tension like a coiled spring. The tension can be released, causing the beetle to propel into the air at a speed of more than 2 metres per second:
Food: The larvae feed on roots and can become a pest of root crops.Larvae are "wireworms" and may damage potato crops, but also feed on rotting wood
Habitat: Found in hedgerows and meadows.
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