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Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Genus Elater

Elater abruptus? - Elater abruptus Big Click Beetle - Elater lecontei Beetle ZH3Z2485 - Elater abruptus Elaterid - Elater lecontei venter, click beetle - Elater abruptus Elater lecontei Click Beetle - Elater lecontei large click beetle - Elater abruptus
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 Elaterinae
Tribe Elaterini
Genus Elater
Explanation of Names
Elater Linnaeus 1758
Greek 'driver, hurler', referring to its way of hurling itself into the air when it clicks
6 spp. in our area(1), ~20 total(2)
in our area, e. & w. coastal US(1)