Subject: What kind of Beetle is this?
Location: Southeastern United States
July 6, 2016 12:30 pm
This guy is in Middle Tennessee. I was wondering what kind of beetle this is, and are those really its eyes or just markings?
Signature: DL in TN
Dear DL in TN,
The large eyespots on the thorax of the Eyed Elater have evolved as protective mimicry. A predator like a bird might be fooled into thinking that a tasty morsel is actually a much larger predator.