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Click Beetle

Selatosomus latus


My landlady showed me this insect today, it was on the side of her wooden house. When she first removed it I thought she was going to eat it, but she wanted to show me how it clicks it's head, when it does this on the side of her house she can hear the tapping sound that it makes. I'm always out in the garden with my camera, I'm sure she thinks I quite 'barmy', but there is so much to discover here. Anyway she passed this insect to me, so I managed to take a few photos before placing it back. I certainly would'nt know where to start to try and identify it so hope someone can give me an i.d


Click beetles: if they’ve landed on their back they can jump up in the air making a loud click to right themselves. They also do this to avoid predator. They do this by snapping a spine on the prosternum into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum.

1 species ID suggestions

Click Beetle
Selatosomus latus Selatosomus latus


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 3 years ago

You are welcome.

VivBraznell 3 years ago

Thank you Emilie!
Thank you Jolly for the ident! : )

EmilieChich 3 years ago

Good shots! Family Elateridae, but I cannot be more precise.


Lat: 9.12, Long: 99.88

Spotted on Apr 23, 2012
Submitted on Apr 23, 2012


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