Click Beetle, a beetle with a flexible joint between the first and second segments of the thorax. About 500 of the 7,000 known species are native to North America. When a click beetle is placed on its back, it rights itself by throwing its body into the air with a snapping movement. The name comes from the clicking sound that occurs with this movement. The names "springing beetle" and "skipjack" are also used for these insects. Some of the tropical click beetles have luminous bodies; others have glowing spots on each side of the thorax.

The click beetleThe click beetle throws its body into the air with a snapping movement.

The larvae of the click beetle are called wireworms. They are destructive to roots of grass and grain crops, potatoes, and cotton. The corn wireworm is an especially harmful pest. Control is usually obtained by coating the seeds with insecticides before planting.

Click beetles belong to the family Elateridae of the order Coleoptera.