Selatosomus aeneus (Linnaeus, 1758)
One of 65 UK species belonging to the Elateridae group (Click Beetles) is Selatosomus aeneus. The common name of click beetle 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. Selatosomus aeneus is a large click beetle, at around 11-16mm length. The one photographed was found at Clipstone Old Quarter in early June 2008.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Selatosomus aeneus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Allan and Annette Binding. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2022

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