Click Beetle

My Home: I am found all over the world in warm
climates and in areas of high vegetation. I am
nocturnal and am attracted to lights.

What I eat: As a larva, I will eat the roots of
plants. As an adult, I drink the nectar from
flowers.

What I look like: I am brown in color and from
¼ to ¾ of an inch in length. I have a hinge
across my body that allows me to flex. If I fall on
my back I will flex, which makes me fly up in the
air and produces the clicking sound. I will also
'click' to scare off predators.

How I am born: I go through four stages of development:
egg, larva, pupa and adult. The female lays her eggs at the base
of plants. Once my egg hatches into larva, I will live up to four years in this stage before I turn into an adult. Both adults and larvae will hibernate in the ground during the winter.

  Fun Facts
Click beetles are very good at 'playing dead' to be
less interesting to a bird or other predator, and will pretend they are dead for hours at a time.