what is this
July 9, 2011 10:54 pm
Curious what bug this is? It has been over 100 degrees here in central Kansas. Just noticed them over the last couple weeks. Thanks
This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, a large family with many similar looking species. They are called Click Beetles because of their ability to snap their body to right themselves if they wind up on their backs, an action that produces an audible clicking sound. Click Beetles are harmless, though some species are agricultural pests. The larvae of Click Beetles are called Wireworms, and there are several species of Click Beetles, collectively called the Corn Wireworm, that damage young corn plants. This Penn State website and this Purdue University website both have helpful information on the destructive Wireworm species.