Red-brown skipjack

Red-brown skipjack
Red-brown skipjack

This skipjack (Athous haemorrhoidalis) is a click beetle that can spring up in the air by flicking its body, a useful skill to avoid predators. See the NatureSpot entry here and a very detailed description here, which differentiates A. haemorrhoidalis and vittatus for us (the 1st antennae segment of vittatus is yellow).

Skipjack beetles feed  on pollen, nectar, flowers or leaves. The larvae feed on roots (especially grasses it seems for ours) and can become a pest of root crops.

They turn up in numbers in the wood every spring. The photo below is from May 2018.

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