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Any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae; a click beetle.

[From New Latin Elatēridae, family name, from Greek elatēr, driver; see elater.]

e·lat′er·id adj.


(Animals) any of the beetles constituting the widely distributed family Elateridae (click beetles). The group includes the wireworms and certain fireflies
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Elateridae
[C19: from New Latin Elateridae, from elater]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elaterid - any of various widely distributed beetleselaterid - any of various widely distributed beetles
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Elateridae, family Elateridae - click beetles and certain fireflies
click beetle, snapping beetle, skipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
fire beetle, firefly, Pyrophorus noctiluca - tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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Species of the elaterid genus Alaus Eschscholtz, 1829 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae: Hemirhipini) are among the largest click beetles in New World; they are characterized especially by 2 eye-like spots of variable size and shape on the pronotum (Fig.
Hill (1985) found chicks preferentially consumed sawfly (Order Hymenoptera) and Lepidoptera larvae, adult and larval carabid beetles, rove beetle larvae, and elaterid beetles (all Order Coleoptera) in the United Kingdom.