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Firefly
Location: Key West, Florida
April 30, 2012 9:19 pm
Hi,
Tonight I saw a one inch long dark colored beetle that had two bioluminescent spots on the top of the carapace (not underneath like a regular firely). It emitted a bright green glow from each of these spots. I saw it flying and then it landed. I ran to get a camera, but it flew away. I have never seen a firefly in Key West.
Signature: Alison

Drawing of a Glowing Click Beetle

Hi Alison,
We suspect you encountered a Glowing Click Beetle in the genus
Deilelater.  Here is the BugGuide information page for your reference.

Sweet, yes it was!!!
I have never seen one before, it was very cool.
THANKS for your reply.
Alison

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Eyed Click Beetle
Location: Burbs just north of Hotlanta
April 9, 2012 11:41 am
Greetings bugman!
Sunday afternoon I was sitting in my front yard and watched this large flying insect make his approach. It flew in a slow lazy way and wasn’t quite parallel to the ground but a bit tilted. I was already curious. Then when it landed on my painting drop cloth I had to check it out with my camera phone. I was expecting a dragonfly or cicada killer wasp. I was not expecting these large eyes. The beetle was a very patient model even allowing me to fetch a quarter and place it alongside for scale. After I took the photos a google search seemed to identify this beetle as an Eyed Click Beetle. I think I saw it listed here as an Eyed Elater the elater was an important part of the name. I do wish I’d discovered its identity before it flew away. I will confess I probably would’ve flipped it over just to witness the click-naming behavior.
Signature: Resa

Eyed Elater

Just to be clear…I fully realized the spots were protection from being eaten as a tasty snack and not true eyes.  Last reply…I also took photos of the eyed click beetle with my “real” camera if you’d like to see them they can be found on flickr. Including this one that shows the real and fake eyes:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/booturtle/7061395201/

Dear Resa,
Thank you for sending us your wonderful first hand observations of the flight and behavior of an Eyed Elater or Eyed Click Beetle.  So often, we get very spare requests for identifications with no observational information.  Our readers like reading about what they can expect to see if they encounter a creature on our pages.  We are sorry you learned the identity too late to witness the ability of this Click Beetle to “right” itself if it finds itself on its back.  We are also happy you did learn that they “eyes” are actually just markings that fool predators like birds into thinking that the Eyed Elater is actually a much larger creature and perhaps even a potential threat to a predator.

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smokey mountain bug ??
Location: East Tennessee, Smokey Mountains
March 25, 2012 2:36 pm
Found this bug hanging out on a budding tree March 25, 2012 in the Great Smokey Mnts. What do you think it is ??
Signature: Shawn Ricker

Eyed Elater

Dear Shawn,
This magnificent Click Beetle is called the Eyed Elater because of the markings on its thorax that resemble the eyes of a march larger creature, which helps to protect the beetle from being eaten.  Like other members of its family, if the Eyed Elater finds itself on its back, it snaps its body against the ground, producing a clicking sound and propelling its body into the air, allowing it to land on its feet.

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Jumping beetle
Location: Nicaragua, Managua, El Crucero ( 12° 3’45.68”N – 86°18’51.68”W)
January 30, 2012 5:49 pm
Dear Bugman,
This beetle emits a click sound when movin violently its head, the movement makes the beetle to jump a few centimeters high.
Signature: Sergiortc

Click Beetle

Dear Sergiotc,
The audible clicking sound this beetle makes has given rise to the common name Click Beetles for the members of the family Elateridae.  Click Beetles are able to flex their bodies at the joint between the thorax and abdomen if they ever find themselves on their backs.  The action propels them into the air and they generally land on their feet after the first attempt.

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identify
Location: north east thailand
November 17, 2011 6:40 pm
Saw this on the floor of an apartment block in the issarn region of thailand.Namely udon thani a city less than twenty miles form the border of Laos,It mainly agicultural and rice growing in the region..
found this in the dry season,March to may, but not 100% cklear on that,but it was four yrs ago
Signature: andy

Click Beetle

Hi Andy,
This is definitely a Beetle, but beyond that, we are stumped.  Generally we are able to at least provide a family for beetles, but there are so many physical attributes that are distinctive on this beetle that we have not seen combined in this manner.  The pectinate (see BugGuide) are probably the most distinctive feature, but the spined thorax and narrow waist connecting to the abdomen is also quite unique.  Many beetles in the superfamily Elateroidea (See BugGuide for North American examples) have similar antennae and thoracic features, including some of the Click Beetles in the family Elateridae.  At first glance, we thought this might be a Prionid, but the thorax structure seems to negate that possibility.  We need additional time to research and perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this challenging identification.  We could not locate it on ThaiBugs.  Can you recall the size of this creature?

Unknown Beetle from Thailand

Immediate Update:
After posting we looked again at the ThaiBugs site and found a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae that looks close.  It is “unidentified and in need of a shave” and pictured as a thumbnail near the bottom of the page.

Daniel:
Yes, a click beetle!  I believe this one is Oxynopterus mucronatus, or at least something very closely related.  Thanks for sharing!
Eric

Thanks Eric,
We found matching images on Project Noah and the Click Beetles of the Palearctic Region website.

Hi daniel was about an inch long. dificult to gauge the with from memory.But remember being fascinated by the antenae type and size,which was noticably wider than the body.
Andy

 

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What’s This Bug?
August 2, 2011 7:58 AM
this is a beetle in a pine forest in missoula, montana.
thank you!
c.

Green Click Beetle

Hi Clare,
We are relatively confident that we have identified your Click Beetle as a Green Click Beetle,
Nitidolimonius resplendens, based on images posted to BugGuide, which lists the habitat as:  “variously-aged coniferous, deciduous, and mixed forests; on poplar (Populus), willow (Salix), or on shrubs; adults often found on the spring growth of conifers along margins of wetlands and drainages.”  The only sightings reported from BugGuide are in Alaska, Alberta Canada and New Hampshire.

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