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Subject: Need Beetle ID
Location: Olympia, WA, USA
September 13, 2014 9:51 pm
I found this beetle on May 12th of this year near Olympia, Washington, USA. It was in a weedy patch in a garden. Surrounding the garden was a deciduous forest of bigleaf maple and red alder and a douglas-fir forest, on separate sides of the open area. The bug was about 30 meters from any set of woods. Never seen a beetle like it. Any ideas?
Signature: JD

Unknown Beetle

Click Beetle

Hi JD,
Upon opening your digital file, our first impression was that you submitted an image of an Ironclad Beetle, but upon browsing through the images on BugGuide, we don’t believe that is correct.  We will try to get some assistance from Eric Eaton, though we don’t believe we will hear back from him until later in the week.  Meanwhile, we are open to suggestions and assistance from our readership.

Update:  Click Beetle,
Thanks to Bugophile who identified this Click Beetle as being in the genus
Danosoma, and for providing a link to BugGuide.

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Subject: Click Beetle
Location: Pearland, Texas, USA
August 20, 2014 7:50 pm
I found a strange beetle tonight. It’s definitely a click beetle, but it has green little glowing “eyes”. Do you know what kind of click beetle it is?
Signature: TJC

Glowing Click Beetle

Glowing Click Beetle

Dear TJC,
You have nearly answered your own question.  This is a Glowing Click Beetle in the genus
Deilelater.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “Periodic local outbreaks in Texas, mostly along the coast.”  The glowing spots are not true eyes.

Glowing Click Beetle

Glowing Click Beetle

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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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