click beetle


Definition of click beetle

: any of a family (Elateridae) of beetles able to right themselves with a click when inverted by flexing the articulation between the prothorax and mesothorax

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Recent Examples on the Web But not many realize that click beetles living in termite mounds also light up. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Tragedy and Beauty of Nature on Display in This Year’s Best Wildlife Photos," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of click beetle

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Click beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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