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Click beetles

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Description

Click beetles have slender bodies that are elongated and parallel-sided. They are usually brown or black in colour, and some have markings on their back. The posterior corners of their pronotum (area behind the head) extend backward and end in sharp points. A few species have large eye spots on the pronotum.

The larvae, called wireworms, are slender and hard shelled.

Life cycle

Depending on the species, these insects spend one to three years in the larval stage. Larvae live in the soil or in dead wood, and feed mainly on roots, tubers and seeds. Some are predators and attack other small invertebrates. Larvae turn into pupae before transforming into adults.

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