What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Jumping Bug
Location: Just north of Houston, TX
April 10, 2011 8:23 pm
This is the strangest bug. It jumps and flips. My daughter took this picture in Conroe, Texas. (just north of Houston)in April. I hope someone can identify it. It is really cool looking the the big fake eyes.
Thanks for whatever help you can give.
Signature: Caren

Eyed Elater

Hi Caren,
This is a species of Click Beetle known as the Eyed Elater, a reference to the false eyespots you mentioned.  Click Beetles are able to snap their bodies, propelling themselves into the air if they are ever trapped on their backs, a unique method of righting themselves.  This action often produces an audible clicking noise.  Click Beetles are able to right themselves with amazing accuracy.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Texas
Share →

5 Responses to Eyed Elater

  1. Paul Rusin says:

    I found one of these in an old maple stump in western NY. Must be common throughout the U.S.

  2. Diana Eldridge says:

    I had an Eyed elater jump into my hair today! I live in Shepherdstown, WV.

  3. Robert Foster says:

    Oran NY
    Had one on porch at neighbors house.
    Had look it up to find what it was.
    Thanks for web site info.

  4. Dianne says:

    Found one of these in my backyard this morning. Mesquite (Dallas County), Texas. Thanks for the ID.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>