The Click Beetles Insect agriotes ustulatus has a mechanism on the underside that allows it to quickly jump away from predators. Length up to 0.3 inches (8 mm).
Common name: Click beetles (skipjacks, wireworms)
Number of species: About 10,000 (about 800 US)
Size: From about 0.08 in (2 mm) to about 3 in (8 cm)
Key features: Body elongate, hard, and flattened, usually more or less parallel sided, Click Beetles Insect sometimes with elytra tapering at tip, mainly black or brown, sometimes brightly colored, often metallic; underside with distinctive “click” mechanism; rear corners of prothorax usually extended into rear-facing points; antennae usually sawtoothed, sometimes comblike
Habits: Adults can leap into the air with a distinctive click when laid on their backs; Click Beetles Insect often feed on flowers in daytime; larvae long and narrow (called wireworms), mainly found in the ground or in rotten trees
Breeding: Courtship seems to be absent in most species; pectinate antennae in some males indicate pheromones used in mate location; mating is lengthy; Click Beetles Insect eggs generally laid in the soil or in decaying timber
Diet: Many adults probably do not feed, others eat pollen, the tender parts of plants such as buds, or small insects; ground-living larvae mainly feed on the roots of plants, others eat items such as rotten wood, small insects, and worms, all larvae feed by external digestion
Habitat: Most common in woodlands, but also found in grasslands, gardens, deserts, and on mountainsides, some live underneath stream side rocks or in the nests of ants and termites
Distribution: Almost worldwide, but commonest in the tropics, where some very large and colorful species are found.
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