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Subject: Unusual bug
Location: South Carolina
July 13, 2014 7:57 am
What is this and is it poisonous or dangerous to persons, pets, property or flowers
Signature: Curious

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Dear Curious,
The distinctive Eyed Elater is not poisonous, and it is not dangerous to persons, pets, property or flowers.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults may take some nectar and plant juices.  Larvae are predatory, eating grubs of wood-boring beetles like cerambycids (longhorns).”

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Subject: Is this a cockroach?
Location: upstate new york
July 12, 2014 8:05 pm
I’ve been up close and personal with different breeds of roaches, but i don’t know what this one is? I don’t believe it is a roach! It squishes way to easily, almost turning into a powder. Please help! I have found 4 or 5 in my house!
Signature: Jenna

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Hi Jenna,
You are correct that this is not a Cockroach.  It is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae.

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Subject: B/W bug
Location: Poynette, WI
June 8, 2014 2:56 pm
This bugger was spotted near poynette, WI on Lake Wisconsin. I’ve lived in WI all my life and never seen this flying critter.
Signature: Heather

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Dear Heather,
This large, distinctive Click Beetle is commonly called an Eyed Elater, and the false eyes are a form of protective mimicry that will prevent a predator like a bird from attacking the Eyed Elater as it created the illusion of it being a much larger creature.

Thank you so very much. I wish I knew that he wouldn’t be likely to hurt me when I saw him and had the opportunity it hear/ see him click.
Heather

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Subject: Strange bug
Location: SW Ontario Canada
June 7, 2014 11:56 am
We found two of these bugs. We would like to know what they are and if they are destructive or beneficial?
Signature: Gardener

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Dear Gardener,
This is an Eyed Elater, the largest North American Click Beetle.  In our opinion, it is beneficial based on what BugGuide indicates it feeds upon:  “Adults may take some nectar and plant juices.  Larvae are predatory, eating grubs of wood-boring beetles like cerambycids (longhorns).”

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Subject: Destroyer of Plums, Peaches and Cucumber
Location: 75904 East Texas
June 12, 2014 6:56 am
Dear bugman, The bug in my attached photo so far has destroyed my peaches, plums and is now working on my cucumbers. I have looked at all the common pests for each of these fruits and cannot identify it. on the peaches and plums, it bored its head into the fruit, sometimes two or three to a shared hole and sometimes each bug had its own hole. on the cucumbers they appear to be boring in through the flowers. I am in East Texas 75904. This has been an unusual spring and summer for us this year. I have Pecan Phylloxera for the first time ever and now this destroyer. Please help.
Signature: Sincerely yours, Cade Banks

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Dear Cade,
This appears to be a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, but we are not able to identify a species at this time.

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Subject: Eastern spotted clicking Beatle
Location: Corpus Christi
June 2, 2014 4:59 am
We found this fella outside being harassed by the cats. We caught him, watched him, and let him go. He keeps hanging around the yard and doesn’t bother anyone. My wife searched Google and thinks this is an Eastern Spotted Clicking Beetle.
Do you agree? Anything to worry about here?
Signature: Tim

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Hi Tim,
The most common names used for this species of Click Beetle, Alaus oculatus, are Eyed Elater and Eyed Click Beetle.

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

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