Bug of the Week: Click Beetle

You would think that with over one million species of insects on the planet, it wouldn’t be difficult to come up with a new one each week. Some weeks are easier than others. This was not one of them.:-)

I did manage to find this small click beetle, though. I can tell it is a click beetle by the shape of the thorax (the middle segment of the body). It has two spine-like projections on each side.

I could also tell it was a click beetle because it does this when it is placed on its back.

Have you ever encountered a click beetle?


  1. Mike B.

    Nice find and video! Looks like it really shot up in the air.

  2. Sandra Waltrip

    You published this in 2011. My first encounter. Here in Sputheast Texas…. 4:00 a.m. I live alone and there was this noise in the back of my stove. I called my brother and he pulled out the stove and suddenly this beetle “clicked” and apparently it had been under the stove and hitting the bottom…….. freaked me out!!!!

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