Click Beetle

Athous haemorrhoidalis – When these beetles feel threatened they sound a distinct audible ‘click’ when they jump away. Double-‘click’ image to enlarge.

Athous haemorrhoidalis

© Peter Hillman ♦ 19th May 2020 ♦ Local woodland/field margin, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

15 thoughts on “Click Beetle

  1. I wondered about this one’s specific epithet, and in the process of nosing around, I found this very interesting discussion on BugGuide using the insect as an example of the problems that can arise when identification’s the issue. While BugGuide’s oriented to North America, iNaturalist is world-wide, of course, and listening to some obvious experts discussing the role of each was fascinating — at least, to me. You might not enjoy it at all, but I thought I’d pass it on.

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    1. This is reeal spooky you sent me this link, Linda! Only yesterday I joined iNaturalist to see what it was all about. I usually record with our iRecord which is all run by experts in their field. I can understand why the experts have issues with the way iNaturalist is run, but at the end of the day if it gets people involved and interested in nature where is the harm. So far I have found it okay, and with no glaringly obvious mistakes or misids. It’s kind of fun contributing to some of the ids.

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  2. I’ve enjoyed many an experience with these through the years, but I never realized that they have such an unfortunate species name! Who in the world came up with that most unfortunate moniker–someone who sat in some uncomfortable position for way too long, trying to think of something bizarrely memorable?

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      1. That’s easy. Just flip one over onto its back. It will snap its thoracic-abdominal joint forcibly, with an audible click, to propel itself into the air like a tiddlywink, hoping that it lands rightside-up. If it doesn’t, it will repeat the procedure until it does.

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  3. I clicked the click beetle. Nice detail, Pete. I’ve used iNaturalist for a while. It’s good for getting in the neighborhood and sometimes hits the mark.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I have only been on a few days and it looks like they have quite a few experts on their in their relevant fields who jump in and add their bit. I have found it a very positive experience, and have managed to id species which I had been trying to id for years.

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