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Hi, we just found a little brown click beetle in our house(Fl), and my daughter(4) is adamant about keeping it.

Right now it is in a critter keeper with some moist bed-a-beast substrate and a "house". Will it eat anything? or best to let it go? Thanks for the advice. Jennifer

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On a positive note, I collected an eyed elater click beetle 3 weeks ago and unless it is eating the foliage of the juniper sprig I have in with it, it is surviving on reserves. The reason I mention this is that your beetle may be okay as you test different possible foods out on it. And now I'm off to throw some carrot in with mine!

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Welcome! Can you post a pic to help us Identify it? I'm not an expert on click beetles, but I would offer it a washed (really good) carrot or a piece of lettuce. Set it down next to him and watch if he eats it. If you can care for it, click beetles are good pets.

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its the last photo, a little brown beetle.... that flies. :) i forgot they can fly. startled me. My daughter put a matchstick carrot in with it last night.

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