Beetle (Click) Metablax acutipennis
Genus: Metablax The genus Metablax is endemic to New Zealand.
Species: Metablax acutipennis
Common name: Acute winged click beetle
Metablax acutipennis is long, slender, pointed, flying beetle that is a New Zealand native. Its whole body is a black/brown and there are longitudinal striations on the elytra’s (wing covers).
Beetles fly from November to January and their grubs tunnels into dead wood.
It is called a ‘Click beetle’ because it makes a distinctive clicking sound when to achieve propulsion a spine on the prosternum is snapped into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum, producing a violent "click". Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation or if the beetle falls or is flipped upside down, it uses the same mechanism to right itself.
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