Division of Arthropods

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Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM 87131
shipping contact: 505-277-1360

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Photo by D.C. Lightfoot

Hexapoda, Coleoptera, Elateridae, Melanotus sp.

Description: Medium oval-elongate dark brown beetle with short legs. Females and males look similar. Many similar looking species of click beetles in New Mexico.

Geographic Distribution: Throughout New Mexico. Native.

Habitats: Yards, gardens and open areas with grasses and herbaceous plants. Adults live on the ground and plants, and larvae live in the soil and feed on plant roots.

Biology: Adults and larvae occur throughout the summer.

Health/pest Status: Not common enough to be pests despite feeding on plant roots.