Ctenicera resplendens (Eschscholtz, 1829)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)-----Beetles (Coleoptera)-----Polyphaga-----Elateroidea-----Click beetles (Elateridae)-----Ctenicera-----C. resplendens

Resplendant Click beetle 1

7th June, 2008. Found in the Edmonton river valley.

The resplendent click beetle, sometimes called the green click beetle based on some colour forms, is a metallic click beetle. Almost described as the green or copper equivalent of the Sapphire-winged click beetle, it is tied for the title of Alberta's most beautiful click beetle.


Resplendent click beetles are relatively variable, appearing in varying lustres of bronze, copper, and green. Some may appear blue at certain angles, but it is unheard of for an individual to retain an entirely blue elytra.


Slow-walking, and holds wings out for approximately 1.5 seconds before take-off.

==Other Notes== These are hard to photograph since the lustrous property
Resplendant Click beetle 3

7th June, 2008. Edmonton River Valley.

causes shade, shadow and anything around it to reflect and darken areas considerably.

flew before I could get the camera up and running.


This click beetle in adult form can be found from May to July.


Adult body length including wings is around 11-15mm.

Resplendant Click beetle 2

7th June, 2008. On side angles parts of it appeared bluish.


University of Alberta

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