Click Beetle

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Click Beetle, a beetle with a flexible joint between the first and second segments of the thorax. About 500 of the 7,000 known species are native to North America. When a click beetle is placed on its back, it rights itself by throwing its body into the air with a snapping movement. The name comes from the clicking sound that occurs with this movement. The names "springing beetle" and "skipjack" are also used for these insects. Some of the tropical click beetles have luminous bodies; others have glowing spots on each side of the thorax.


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