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elongate, cylindrical larva of the click beetleclick beetle,
common name for members of the widespread beetle 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
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. 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 leguminous field crops. They live for 2 to 10 years before pupating in the ground or in wood. Methods of control include letting the land lie fallow, rotating crops, and special methods of cultivation. Wireworms 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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the wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles, which feeds on the roots of many crop plants and is a serious agricultural pest
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The British Ecological Society has welcomed a Swansea University study which has identified naturally occurring alternatives to the harsh pesticides used to control pests like the troublesome wireworm.
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The wireworm can live in the soil for up to five years before metamorphosising into the adult Click Beetle.
INSECT PROBLEMS -- Annual bluegrass weevil -- Leafhopper -- Ant -- Mite -- Aphid -- Mole cricket -- Armyworn -- Periodical cicada -- Billbug -- Scale -- Black turfgrass ataenius -- Sod webworm -- Chinch bug -- Wireworm -- Cutworm -- Ground pearl -- Others: -- Grub Recommendations: (insecticide, rate, when to apply, water in after application, wear rubber gloves, etc.
Usually by summer he is tame enough to be able to throw him the odd treat such as a vine weevil or wireworm.