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Click Beetle (Ctenicera Cuprea)

Mike Raine (June)



Half the world's biomass is insects and half the insect biomass is made up
of beetles. There are lot's of beetles!
Many are microscopic, but with the
warm weather we have had recently and the gentle winds we have been inundated
with interesting beetles. This example is one of the 65 species of Click
Beetle, it is known as Ctenicera Cuprea.



When these beetles jump they make a clicking sound and they have the strange
ability to jump back up whether they land on their fronts or their backs,
indeed they will continue jumping until they land on their fronts. You can
see them in the uplands from May to July, their diet consists of roots and
tiny soil dwelling animals. They grow up to 9mm long.




This example was found in Cwm Idwal during our recent Mountain Environment
Course.






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