click beetle


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click beetle

n.
Any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, characterized by the ability to right themselves from an overturned position by flipping into the air with a clicking sound. Also called snapping beetle.

click beetle

n
(Animals) any beetle of the family Elateridae, which have the ability to right themselves with a snapping movement when placed on their backs. Also called: snapping beetle or skipjack See also wireworm

click′ bee`tle


n.
any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.click beetle - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking soundclick beetle - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
elater, elaterid, elaterid beetle - any of various widely distributed beetles
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According to legend, Catanduanes derived its name from the local word 'tandu,' a click beetle that was purportedly abundant in the province.
A THE holes were probably due to wireworms, which are the larvae of the click beetle. These pests are quite common in new vegetable gardens turned over from grass.
The click beetle family Elateridae (Coleoptera) remains inadequately studied in Peru, with few modern taxonomic or faunal studies, but the paucity of attention is changing.
Thus Harriett Baldwin, Conservative member for West Worcestershire, champions the violet click beetle. She says: "There are only three sites in the UK, one of which is Bredon Hill in my constituency, where the violet click beetle lives, so I was keen to sign up and do what I can to help this species."
The eastern-eyed click beetle is another insect species that sports a pair of impressive false peepers on its backside.
Distribution of olfactory and some other antennal sensilla in the male click beetle Agriotes obscurus L.
The greenish worms are the larval form of a click beetle, and their glow seems to have one function-- attracting prey.
The cellophane bag held a housefly, an earwig, a click beetle, and a toad (the diminutive amphibian smashed pancake flat).
Abstract: A new species of click beetle, Heteroderes vallensis spec.
These small, slim, gingercoloured larvae are the young stage of the click beetle and cause infuriating tunnelling in the tubers' flesh.
It is just a little bigger than a click beetle and isn't burdened by such things as a screen and volume controls.