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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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03 July, 2015

Click beetle: Athous haemorrhoidalis | Nature Notes from Dorset

There are several species of click beetle and this one, Athous haemorrhoidalis, is far far the most common. It is a species that one normally finds in hedgerows and grassy areas where the adults feed on flower pollen. The larvae, however, feed on grass roots and this passion for grass roots has brought them into direct conflict with farmers as they can be a pest on cereal crops.
The reason they are called click beetles is that the adults have a unique ability, if disturbed, to launch themselves in to the air at high speed and with a loud click

Read more: Click beetle: Athous haemorrhoidalis | Nature Notes from Dorset