Friday, April 6, 2012
Click beetles get their name from their ability to suddenly snap themselves explosively into the air. The beetle has a stiff rodlike structure under its body that slots into a groove, and can be held under pressure. When nudged and prodded, it'll suddenly pop that rod loose and flip into the air like a six-legged tiddlywink. Click the video above for a demonstration. I imagine if the harasser were a chickadee or some other small bird, and this spooky big-eyed bug suddenly snapped into its face, the bird would hotfoot it out of there.