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Genus Aeolus

Click beetle - Aeolus mellillus Brown and black beetle - Aeolus Aeolus scutellatus Click Beetle - Aeolus Mystery Click Beetle - Aeolus Clicker - Aeolus Aeolus (mellillus?) - Aeolus mellillus Aeolus scutellatus? - Aeolus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Agrypninae
Tribe Oophorini
Genus Aeolus
Explanation of Names
Aeolus Eschscholtz 1829
14 spp. in our area(1); 2 spp. in Canada (amabilis; mellillus)(2)
most species predominantly orange with black markings on elytra and black spot on pronotum; posterior corners of pronotum extended to a sharp point; antennae usually serrate
A. amabailis 4-4.5 mm; A. mellillus 5-7.5 mm
across NA, mostly in e. and s. US(1)
adults in grasslands, fields, gardens; larvae live in the soil
adults Apr-Oct
larvae may be a minor pest of corn and potatoes