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click beetle,

common name for members of the widespread beetlebeetle,
common name for insects of the order Coleoptera, which, with more than 300,000 described species, is the largest of the insect orders. Beetles have chewing mouthparts and well-developed antennae.
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 family Elateridae. Also called elater beetle, the click beetle has a hinge across the front of the body that allows it to flex, and a spine-and-groove arrangement on the underside of the body that provides a snapping mechanism. When a click beetle is turned on its back it cannot right itself by rolling onto its short legs. It arches its body upward so that only the ends touch the ground, then straightens suddenly, causing the spine to slide into the groove. This sends the beetle spinning through the air and produces a loud click. If the beetle lands on its back again it repeats the performance. A click beetle also snaps its body when it is picked up, which may cause the predator to drop it. Click beetles have long, flat bodies, generally rectangular, but curved at the ends. They range in length from 1-4 in. to 4 in. (6.4–102 mm); most are black or brown. Most adults are nocturnal leaf-eaters. The larvae, called wirewormswireworm,
elongate, cylindrical larva of the click beetle. Most wireworms are hard and brown, but members of some species are soft and whitish. Wireworms live in rotten wood or in the ground and feed on roots and seeds, injuring potatoes, grasses, and a wide variety of
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, are destructive to a large variety of plants. Some tropical click beetles are brilliantly luminescent. Click beetles are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Coleoptera, family Elateridae.
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Antennal sensilla of the click beetle, Melanotus villosus (Geoffroy) (Coleoptera: Elateridae).
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These are the larvae of the click beetle - an acrobatic beetle that flicks over onto its back when disturbed.
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However, whereas the Coleopteran family primarily selected by broods in our study was Curculionidae (weevils), the families selected by pheasant broods in Hill (1985) were primarily Elatridae (click beetles) and Carabidae (ground beetles).
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The larvae of click beetles are known to cause major problems in arable crops in many parts of the world and have a particularly harmful impact on potatoes, forcing farmers to apply insecticides to the soil.