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Is this a Beetle??
Location: Beaufort, SC
May 5, 2011 5:02 pm
My fiance was surprised by this lovely bug while driving near Beaufort,SC on the coast. It was about 2 inches long and fell from his visor! Can you tell us what this is? Thanks so much!
Signature: Paige

Eyed Elater

Hi Paige,
This distinctive Click Beetle is called an Eyed Elater.  The “eyes” are actually false eyespots that might frighten a predator into thinking that the Eyed Elater is a large potential threat ensuring that the beetle will avoid being eaten.

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April 29, 2011
Last night while posting to the website, Daniel felt something crawling on his neck, and it was this gorgeous large black Click Beetle.  This is the second time this beetle has been found in our Mt Washington, Los Angeles offices, and the first sighting was almost exactly two years ago.   Recently while planting walnuts in nearby Elyria Canyon Park, a large Wireworm was uncovered in the dirt.  Sadly, there does not seem to be a match on BugGuide.  Species in the genus
Lanelater are not listed in California on BugGuide, and we thought we might have an identification with the California species Melanectes densus, but that species seems broader with different antennae than our little beauty.  It seems a bit tragic that we are unable to identify our own species of Click Beetle, but perhaps Mardikavana or one of our other beetle aficionados will be able to provide an identification.

We kept this beauty on the kitchen table under a glass until there was natural morning light for an indoor portrait and we later release it after taking some outdoor images as well.

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please identify this bug
Location: Sonome County, California
April 18, 2011 3:25 pm
I have found multiple bites on my horse. When searching her stall i found 4 of these creepy things, two in her shavings and two under the rubber mat.
they crawl very fast, I noticed that the last two sections of the body (tail) are dark compared to the rest of the body. 6 legs and what looks like two stingers on the tail.
Signature: Trina

Wireworm

Hi Trina,
This is a beetle larva, and we believe it is a Wireworm, the larva of a Click Beetle.  You can see other photos of Wireworms on BugGuide.  They are usually found in the soil where they eat insects, roots and seeds.  We do not believe they are responsible for the bites on your horse which are much more likely to be caused by flies, especially Horse Flies.  Since we will be out of the office for the rest of the week, we are postdating this entry to go live later in the week.

Wireworm

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Jumping Bug
Location: Just north of Houston, TX
April 10, 2011 8:23 pm
This is the strangest bug. It jumps and flips. My daughter took this picture in Conroe, Texas. (just north of Houston)in April. I hope someone can identify it. It is really cool looking the the big fake eyes.
Thanks for whatever help you can give.
Signature: Caren

Eyed Elater

Hi Caren,
This is a species of Click Beetle known as the Eyed Elater, a reference to the false eyespots you mentioned.  Click Beetles are able to snap their bodies, propelling themselves into the air if they are ever trapped on their backs, a unique method of righting themselves.  This action often produces an audible clicking noise.  Click Beetles are able to right themselves with amazing accuracy.

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What is this?
Location:  Southern Ohio
October 12, 2010 7:38 pm
We found this little guy (about 1/4”) struggling along on our kitchen floor in a home we just took occupancy of 2 weeks ago. We had some roaches in the basement with the classic long antennae, long body and bug bombed the house before moving in. There’s been only a couple of critters crawling since then, spiders, crickets, etc. But, none that looked remotely like a roach until today, when I took these photos.
Signature:  PestDecide

Corn Wireworm

Dear PestDecide,
WE knew immediately that your beetle was a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, but we were prepared for a ponderous search of BugGuide to identify the species.  We quickly found the Corn Wireworm, the common name for the species in the genus
Aeolus which are described on BugGuide.  Your photos are quite unusual in that the contrast and levels appear to have been manipulated which renders the markings on the insect in supersaturated color.

Daniel:
Thank you for the speedy response. You’re absolutely correct that there was some photo rendering. Getting such close ups with my camera, the photos came out rather dark so I increased the gamma correction to lighten up the beetle so the markings could be seen. I do appreciate the quick attention to our question.
Mark Stanton
Franklin, OH

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Indiana Black Beetle Unidentified
July 10, 2010
My friend was camping in Indiana on July 10th and this black bug mating with another of its kind strolled up on the picnic blanket. Just wondering what it was since i’ve never seen anything like it. Thanks for all your help!
Charles Kolb
Indiana – in July

Mating Eyed Elaters

Hi Charles,
These are mating Eyed Elaters, a species of Click Beetle.


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