Argentine Click Beetle

Beetle in Argentina
We found this bug in a forest in the Province of Entre Ríos, Argentina. We couldn’t identify it, and it doesn’t appear in your beetles pages. Can you please tell us what it is? Thanks. Gabriel, Matias & Andrés

Dear Gabriel, Matias & Andrés,
We believe this is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae. Many members of this family can right themselves when they fall on their backs by snapping their bodies and flipping in the air. This produces a clicking sound hence the popular name. Eric Eaton wrote in: ” The Argentine click beetle is most likely in the genus Chalcolepidius. Great specimen!”

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