Subject: Big Beetle with false eyespots?
Location: Orlando, Florida
April 14, 2013 5:31 pm
Hello, bugman! I’m a native New Yorker new to Florida, and all it’s Carboniferous sized bugs. This cool looking guy was spotted 4/12, yesterday, on my husbands shorts. We’re near Orlando. He was a bit greener than the image appears. Pretty big, and pretty cool.
This impressive beetle is an Eyed Elater, Alaus oculatus, a species of Click Beetle. Click Beetles get their common name because they are able to flip to an upright position if they are on their backs. They produce an audible click while snapping the thorax and abdomen against a hard surface which propels the insect into the air, righting itself. Eyed Elaters are also native to New York as well as the rest of eastern North America.
Wow that was fast! Thsnks! I’m elated to know it. (haw haw)