Pair of mating click beetles

Pair of mating click beetles

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Caption: A pair of mating click beetles found on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The two partners are turned away from each other, hind ends together. The male attaches his abdomen to that of the female by means of a special clasping apparatus. Copulation may last only a few seconds, a minute or even several hours depending on the species. Click beetles belong to the family, Elasteridae which has about 10, 000 members throughout the world. They can project themselves into the air with a hornlike appendage on the prothorax. The larvae, elongated and compact, live in rotten wood or gnaw on the roots of plants, and are often destructive.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, blue, click, click beetles, elasteridae, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mating, nature, trinidad, type, wildlife, zoology

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