Click Beetle (Conoderus tabidus)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Elateridae
Genus: Conoderus
Species: tabidus (TAB-id-us) (Info)

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Lake Forest, California
Craryville, New York
Southampton, New York
Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
Mount Pleasant, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas
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Members' Notes:

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positive
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neutrals
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 16, 2006, kennyso from Markham, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Haveread about this bug but haven't seen it before, at least I don't think so. I remember erading that the bug when in danger, will pretend to be dead and lay on its back. if the predator persists on 'bugging' it it will snap up in the air scaring the predator and makes a loud click and lands away from where it was

Positive

On Jul 7, 2008, morrigan from Craryville, NY wrote:

These guys seem pretty harmless. At our house, we try to carry insects outside without harming them, and the most fun is the click beetle - they keep clicking in between your fingers as you take them out. They seem harmless.

Neutral

On Jul 18, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Found about 50 dead ones near a bedroom window after returning from vacation. Not sure how it got in the house, but I'm told it doesn't colonize indoors; more of an annoyance bug.