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Arboreal Click Beetle
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
May 25, 2015 5:51 PM

Another regular seasonal visitor came to our porch light this past week, an Arboreal Click Beetle with feathered antennae that we have been informed is in the genus Euthysanius.  This particular individual could not right itself, and we suspect is was somehow injured when we found it on our front porch.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae may be predators or feed in rotting wood (not yet known).”

Arboreal Click Beetle

Arboreal Click Beetle

Arboreal Click Beetle

Arboreal Click Beetle

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Subject: Eyed Elater
Location: Edwin Warner park, Nashville, TN
May 27, 2015 8:50 am
I almost stepped on this one at the park and it scared the crap out of me! I identified it using your site and have a good picture of it. It’s contrast stands out a little better than some of the darker ones.
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Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Thanks for sending us your image of an Eyed Elater.  We are posting it.

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Subject: Beetle in House in Ohio
Location: Western Ohio
May 19, 2015 9:44 am
Recently this big has been popping up primarily in our bedroom and bathroom on the southeast side of our house. We found some dead ones in our closet but the rest have been pretty random. We find maybe 1-3 a day. They have a hard shell. They have been found crawling across the carpet, under a pillow on the bed, and in the sink. My husband put one in water and they don’t seem to mind it. They play dead as well. Are these guys something we should be concerned about?
Signature: Tiffany

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Dear Tiffany,
Based on images posted to BugGuide, this looks like a harmless Click Beetle in the genus
Aeolus.  We don’t know why they are entering your home unless they are attracted to lights.  According to BugGuide:  “adults in grasslands, fields, gardens; larvae live in the soil” and “larvae may be a minor pest of corn and potatoes.”  Do you live near a cornfield?

We live on the edge of a suburb, but there are fields within a mile or so of us. They don’t seem to bother us and we aren’t being swarmed by them so I guess we won’t let it concern us too much! Thanks for the identification :)
Tiffany Kohler

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Subject: I found this orange bug
Location: In a rabbit hole
May 9, 2015 9:52 am
I found these in my rabbit habitat im.Like usually I got ciourious.Do you know what it is?
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Wireworms

Wireworms

Dear anonymous,
We believe these are Wireworms, the larvae of Click Beetles in the family Elateridae.  More information on Wireworms can be found on the Maine Government page.

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Subject: Beetle?
Location: Western, NC United States
May 1, 2015 6:12 pm
Hello Bugman,
I found this guy in my cat’s bowl.
What is it?  I neglected  to mention  it is almost 2″ long.
Western, NC
May 2, 2015
Thanks so much,
I stopped killing spiders years ago because of you.
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Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Dear interested,
This magnificent beetle is an Eyed Elater,
Alaus oculatus, the largest North American Click Beetle.

Wow, thanks, that was fast.
My friend found one in her yard a few days ago. And we both wanted to know. We especially  wanted to know it it bites, felt pretty safe after seeing the picture of Jay holding one.
Thanks again,
you always come through.

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Subject: New insect on our land in Patagonian Chile
Location: Aisen, Patagonian Chile
January 28, 2015 12:55 pm
This bug appeared on our ,and today and are wondering what it is. We live in Aisen, Patagonian Chile.
Signature: Paul Coleman

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Dear Paul,
This is a gorgeous Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, a group characterized by the ability of snapping the thoracic and abdominal body segments against a surface should an unfortunate Click Beetle find itself on its back.  The action produces an audible click and allow the beetle to flip in the air, righting itself.  Your individual looks very similar to the species
 Semiotus luteipennis which is featured on a stamp from Chile on the Insects on Stamps website.  It is also pictured on Coleoptera Neotropical and on  Living Jewels.

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

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