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Beetle Click Beetles

Click Beetle - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Athous haemorrhoidalis

Size: Approximately 15mms long

Distribution: Found throughout the UK

Months seen: May to August.

Food: The larvae feed on roots and can become a pest of root crops.

Habitat: Found in hedgerows and meadows.

Special features: There are 65 different species of click beetle in the UK. They all have a special technique to escape from danger. Click beetles have a special hinge on their thorax, and by arching their body they can create a tension on the hinge, like a coiled spring. The tension can be suddenly released, causing the beetle to leap into the air at a speed of more than 2 metres per second. Their name comes from the "click" sound they make when this happens.

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