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Click Beetle
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Click Beetle

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Elateridae

Pest Status: Click beetles are sometimes pests when the immatures (wireworms) eat the roots and tubers of plants.

Appearance: Click beetles are flattened, elongated, brown beetles that are about 1/2-inch long. They usually have distinctive backward-projecting points on the side corners of the pronotum.

Life Cycle: Adults and larvae overwinter in the ground, becoming active in the spring. Females dig burrows and lay their eggs around the bases of host plants. The eggs hatch within a few weeks and larvae develop through several molts over a few months. They pupate in the cells within the soil in late summer or fall and emerge as adults a few weeks later.

Where to Collect: Since adults are nocturnal, click beetles can be found congregating around lights at night.