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  • Scientific Names
    • Elateroidea
  • English
    • Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles
  • Chinese (Traditional)
    • 叩頭蟲總科

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Recent observations

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Observer

nicolasolejnik

Date

February 6, 2010

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Observer

nicolasolejnik

Date

November 15, 2013

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Square

Observer

nicolasolejnik

Date

November 12, 2013

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Square

What

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle Chauliognathus pensylvanicus

Observer

chrisgoforth

Date

September 18, 2014 03:18 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Date

September 12, 2014

Description

Identified as Chauliognathus on BugGuide but not to species.

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What

Luciérnagas Family Lampyridae

Date

the past

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15215347708_c951ee6de4_s

What

Click Beetles Family Elateridae

Observer

finatic

Date

September 26, 2014 08:59 PM PDT

Description

Imperial County, California, US

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Observer

finatic

Date

September 25, 2014 09:06 PM PDT

Description

San Diego County, California, US

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Square

What

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle Chauliognathus pensylvanicus

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2014 10:47 AM EDT

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Observer

finatic

Date

August 23, 2014 09:44 PM PDT

Description

Santa Cruz County, Arizona, US

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Square

Observer

susanelliott

Date

September 24, 2014

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Observer

dotun55

Date

July 14, 2014

Description

The larva that has snails for lunch.

It is definitely amazing that a creature as 'trivial' as a caterpillar ‎could pose a huge threat to a creature larger than itself. This is a case similar to the proverbial ant that spooked the elephant.

Danger signals with a variety of colours; red, black and yellow are more familiar, and a combination of any two colours, or all‎, may well equate to being lethal. Creatures with these colours are often avoided like a plague. A tiny lesion-causing insect popularly known as 'papa' in this part, coloured exactly like this caterpillar is hard to forget. It must not be swatted against bare skin else... The coral snake is another classic example, with those ominous array of showy colours.‎

The terror inflicted on a snail on seeing the flesh-consuming larva approach is not hard to imagine. First, it may try to speed up (poor thing with no legs), or twirl its shell around an obstacle in order to dislodge a larva already onto it. Last resort is for the snail to retreat into its shell when it finds it impossible to outdo the relentless larva. But it often is a very bad idea that ends the long battle for survival if the snail does not withdraw leaving the face of its shell wedged against the ground. The larva would have the snail cornered, eat all of it and may even inhabit the shell for a while before going on subsequent hunts. The snail may however be toppled over depending on the size of its shell. Any snail that lives to see another is one that may have fallen off a height that had the larva removed on impact, or lost the caterpillar in the heat of the fight after rolling over an inclination.

This larva species, with black ants are largely responsible for snail mortality. They are the bane of snail farming.

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Description from Wikipedia

Elateroidea is a large superfamily of beetles. It contains the familiar click beetles, fireflies, and soldier beetles, and their relatives.

No range data available.