Athous haemorrhoidalis (Fabricius, 1801)
One of 65 UK species belonging to the Elateridae group is Athous haemorrhoidalis, more commonly known as Click Beetle. The common name is extremely apt, as the beetle has the ability to flick itself upright should it fall onto it's back. It is able to do this by flexing a well developed joint between the first and second thoracic stermites. This also seems to be used as a defence mechanism if the beetle feels threatened. The beetle photographed is exhibiting two aspects of behaviour. The left photograph shows the beetle in a relaxed and normal state, whilst the photograph on the right, show the beetle in typical defence posture. With too close an approach by the photographer, the beetle pulls it's antennae close into the body, withdraws it's head into the thorax, flexes the front two pairs of legs before flicking into dense foliage.Although A.haemorrhoidalis is a common species, it is quite difficult to approach close enough to be photographed, without the beetle dropping into the grass. Most Click Beetles are dull brown in colour, but a few do posess a metallic sheen and some are even red.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Athous haemorrhoidalis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Allan and Annette Binding. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. David McGeever. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Tim Sexton. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Darren Matthews. Pauline Bradford. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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Updated November 2017

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