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Unidentified Black bug
It is a black bug that was found in Freeport,Texas in a office building. The Bug has 6 legs and two antenna. The strange thing is that it has two glowing green dots behind it’s eyes. Attached are pictures. Thanks in advance

According to BugGuide, Click Beetles in the genus Deilelater are known as Glowing Click Beetles, but we have also seen them called Fire Beetles. In tropical countries, people wear them as living jewelry.

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Location: Freeport, Texas
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71 Responses to Glowing Click Beetle

  1. Bob says:

    Saw this bug tonight in Pam Beach Shores, FL.

  2. Robert says:

    Saw this bug this morning (07/15/14) in North Miami, FL

    • Sabrina Jones says:

      Well I found this same bug with green eyes, I was so scared the I simply took it for a swim in the toilet and he was swimming and me and my granddaughter was screaming you must go now and the toilet was flushed …..Sabrina and Yani…….the end.

  3. Lisa says:

    Well, this is one fashionista who will NOT be wearing ANY bugs for live jewelry. ……..EVER! I don’t care if Ralph Lauren, Anthony McQueen, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, or the KARDASHIANS say it’s fashion!! Ainta gonna happen!!

  4. Jennifer says:

    We saw several in the ditch behind our house tonight in League City TX. We held one and let it crawl on us!

  5. Debbie Neumann says:

    Saw this bug around 8pm on August 31, 2014 in Galveston, TX. It landed on me, crawled around for a minute or so then flew off. Interesting little guy. His eyes went from partially open slits to wide open glowing. Glad to know it was for real.

  6. Chris says:

    Saw this tonight, NW Miami, crawling on the ceiling of my kitchen. We’ve had serious roach problem this year, and never seen one of these before, kind of freaky. Sprayed it with roach spray and didn’t seem to do anything to it. Had to use a broom to get it off my ceiling. When I stepped on it it was like it didn’t even hurt it, one hell of a hard shell. I’ve seen some really odd and really gigantic bugs traveling through the Middle East and into Asia, but for something this small, the green glow “firefly” eyes was new. Glad to see this isn’t another strange phenomenon we tend to find in Miami.

  7. janis says:

    Awsome… took a video gllow in dark eyes. Ft lauderdale. fl.

  8. Leela Marion says:

    Seen one today on my floor. Freaked me out!!!! It was following me…. Placed the rug over it and crunched with my foot. Really loud cracking sound the eyes were no longer glowing. Weirdest bug ive ever sen here in Miami, and weve seen some weird ones!!!!!!

  9. Zan says:

    I just killed one of these in Belle Glade, Florida…….

  10. lin baranyi says:

    Saw this tonight in Tampa, Fla..very cool!

  11. leela says:

    Oh my god their taking over! Seen my second one on the windshield of my car Today. Scoop him up on a paper and placed him on a palm tree. Just stay out of my house! Leela Miami Fl.

  12. sal says:

    We saw this bug tonight. My friend thought it was a lightning bug but it had two lights. Strangest thing I’ve ever seen. I took a video of it. North Miami

  13. Eric says:

    Saw this bug tonight in Bradenton, FL. Thought I was going beserk when I saw the glowing “eyes”. Glad to know I’m not the only one.

    • donna says:

      Exactly… I woke up my sister to look at it when one got into my garage office. Freaky thing with its green neon lights. I’m going to pass on using these Click Beetle for jewelry but I did take a picture of it.

  14. Melody says:

    Heard a popping noise. Went to investigate and found this in my living room ( Corpus Christi, TX) caught it in a container which is sitting on my desk until my 11 year old wakes up ^^.

    • Brittany Fuentes says:

      I just saw one and I’m freaking out I hit it and don’t know where it went lol I’ll be up all night looking for it!!!! I too live in Corpus Christi as well:)

    • Brittany Fuentes says:

      I found it!!! After reading all these posts and actually googled this bug I didn’t kill it I put it in a jar so I can show my boyfriend in the morning:) Then we will put him outside so he can go find a mate:)

  15. Kristi says:

    Saw the coolest Green Eyed glowing bug tonight in Ovklawaha Florida.

  16. Lorena says:

    I saw this bug for first time ever tonight,and was amazed! !

  17. joann says:

    What is wrong with the people out there that see something interesting, nonthreatening, and overall pretty awesome and just can’t help themselves but to kill it? I just saw one of these little guys for the first time in my life last night and I was so captivated by its intense glowing eyes I just wanted to watch its behavior. Maybe the next time you see something different, try to appreciate it instead of destroying it.

    • bugman says:

      The oldest posting in our Unnecessary Carnage tag dates back to 2004, which means that from the very beginning, we found the need to educate the public about senseless killing of insects and other bugs.

    • stacie Crouch says:

      Absolutely!!! That’s my opinion as well. I don’t know what is wrong with all these people killing and smashing things!! We have click beetles all over our yard this summer but they are regular I would absolutely love to see one of the glowing ones and why is it everyone keeps saying glowing “eyes”???????? the dots that glow are behind its eyes…lol

  18. John Farrier says:

    Saw one last week in Cuba Playa Pesquero . Mine was flying hovering right in front of me with Neon green lights. It was dark so couldn’t see its body properly ,so not sure what shape it was. Amazing it then flew down and landed below a large tree.

  19. Emiliano says:

    I saw this bug in Santa Fe, Argentina around 1:25 a.m. I was going to the living room when i saw 2 small glowing “balls” in the floor. Then i turn on the light and saw that strange bug. I was so amazed that took a photo 😛

  20. Dawn says:

    We saw a few tonight in Tampa Fl

  21. Cindy says:

    Numerous number of these bugs in front of my house in Coral Springs. Are they related to the firefly? Harmful?

    • bugman says:

      Glowing Click Beetles and Fireflies are both in the Beetle Order Coleoptera, but they are classified into different families. They are harmless.

    • Joy says:

      Girl seen o e for the first time today In Coral Springs kinda “bugged”me out had to Google it I was amazed

  22. Loyda Hernandez says:

    Scared the daylightS out I’d me. Just saw 3 at 0440am. Let the dogs out and one came in. 32 yrs in this house and never seen this. I live in Hialeah FL

  23. Kathryn says:

    One was in my bed tonight!!!!!!! I’m freaking out. Thank god for my cat. Fort laud fl

  24. Ana says:

    Scared the daylights out of me! Never saw before.

    • Britney Ward says:

      Same here. Mine was two days after yours so I guess we missed their initial DoomsDay Invasion. We need to mobilize with an attack plan IMMEDIATELY!

  25. Mala VonGunten says:

    Just saw my first one in my bathroom. Super freaky😳

  26. Britney Ward says:

    Never even heard or saw one of these little alien creepy crawlies before ever in my life until tonight making its’ way across.my bathroom floor.
    Sprayed it with stuff that kills everything else instantly but not this! I have a phobia of large insects like this but live ere in Ft.Lauderdale so have to brace myself for these encounters.
    It’s spooky eyes just kept glowing and as it kept squirming so I eventually squashed it under my foot. Finally it’s creepy eyes dimmed and I washed my foot. Eeeew!

  27. Phyllis harris says:

    Just saw one with tiny green neon eyes. I never saw one before and my heart still palpitating. Weird but beautiful and very creepy. I stepped onit. Sorry but don’t want bugs in my home.

  28. Teacha says:

    Me see one of dem bumboclot inna me kirchen me spray it wit beagan not a move a must irac it come from dem loom crazy any how u see dem step pon dem dat a di only ting we kill dem ras

  29. capt. Robin says:

    Found one on our kitchen floor this morning Punta Gorda, FL

  30. Meghan says:

    My friend got bitten by this bug while she was in the Bahamas. I don’t know if it is the same bug but it bit her on the knee and there is a giant blister there

    • bugman says:

      So, a friend told you she was bitten by a bug in the Bahamas that produced a blister, and you did not see it, and you are not sure that it is a Glowing Click Beetle?

  31. Kenneth says:

    This thing was crawling on me when I woke up at night. I am terribly afraid of bugs and now I can’t find it. I haven’t been sleeping too well for 2 nights.

  32. Megan says:

    I woke up from a nap and saw a giant black bug with green glowing eyes next to my face IN THE DARK i nearly pissed myself i ran outside and put it outside because i was so scared. I wouldve killed it but bugs are people too. Im not sleeping for another week i guarantee my heart is still palpitating and my stomach is inside out.

  33. Omg I just saw one in my bathroom in the lights when my dog was eating toilet paper me and my sister close the door with lights on i don’t know where it is but I won’t be sleeping tonight 😬

  34. Cheryl says:

    We just saw 2 of these click beetle bugs in belleview florida

  35. Patricia Mcevoy says:

    Came home from work 11pm saw my cats playing with a bug unlike anything ever seen!!! It did fly it would jump 3 ft in air every time the cats touched it. I then got the scared of my life when u saw these weirdly beautiful and freakish sparkling green glowing eyes!!! I thought I was in an episode of X-files expecting the bug’s big momma to come out of closet and suck my brains out through MY green eyes!! Pat

  36. Lou says:

    I saw one early this morning. Two small lights glowing, in the dark, just under my bed. I picked it up thinking it was some small electronic device I had dropped. When I could not determine what it was, I turned the lights on to see that it was a nearly dead Beatle. I have lived in the Virgin Islands for over 25 years and have never seen nor heard of this bug. There must be something we can learn from this energy producing creature.

  37. Nick M says:

    Well now, let’s just say I have a story about this bug. Last night (4/26/2017) I had a cigar on my back patio in Sunrise, FL. Had a few drinks prior so I was relaxed, it was a cool pleasant night. After about 30 mins or so I went back inside to my kitchen to make a cold cut sandwich. I finished making it and was putting the ingredients away. That’s when the floodgates from hell opened. I felt something brush on my collar bone inside of my T-Shirt. I pull the collar of my shirt with one finger and look down…. I was eye to glowing green eye with this demon spawn. I managed to somehow scoop and throw this incarnation of the anti-Christ onto the kitchen counter. That’s when I lunged for the paper towels and crashed down on this monster from the Goonies with the force and might of 1,000 tsunamis. Yet, the creature still staggered, as if it was just getting ready to go super saiyan 3 and fight back. I knew what I had to do. I saw this monster painting a pentagram with it’s guts from the previous crush. This chupacabra was trying to unleash an army of dark magic beetles from the underworld! It was time to end this battle and save the world. I called for some heavy artillery backup and carpet bombed this ghoul with the Sandal 5000. Needless to say my encounter was a matter of life and death…. And I chose to live.

  38. Maggie says:

    They’re called “Cucullos” and are harmless! Dont know their Engish name. Kind of cool with the neon green eyes! I used to catch them as a small child in Cuba…saw them in Miami all throughout my life growing up here. My kids and now my grandkids love to ‘catch & release’ these amazing & beautiful creatures at night time, which are harmless!! 🤗🤗🤗

  39. Love says:

    Saw one awhile back on a late walk it freaked me out my heart was pounding but took a picture in the dark but didn’t come out well
    Then saw another tonite in Edinburg, Tx it is scary but so amazing how the eyes glow grabbed it put it on counter cus my puppy was trying to it eat it kept jumping finally got with after stopping my puppy from eating it I didn’t want nothing to happen to him ran to get my phone to get a picture but by time I got back it was gone so I looked online to see what it was my second encounter here in Edinburg, Tx never seen those before now ever in my life

  40. Bugsavers says:

    Found one of these guys crawling in our hallway in Hollywood FL after we turned out the lights. The six year old ran to get our bug cup and we caught the gentle little glower, watched him glow green for a bit, and released him in backyard. What a treat!

    • Shan says:

      Hey bugsaver you released that bug and must have made his way to my house in Kendall, FL. I just saw this bug in my bathroom (hence why I’m on this website) scared me, I needed to know what the heck it was. The green lights turned on and I thoughr I was still dreaming! Lol never saw something like that on a bug before. Pretty interesting!

      • Bugsavers says:

        LOL Shan. It must be the season for these glowing guys! Since we don’t really see regular fireflies in SFL I guess we can enjoy these fireflies on steroids instead — now that we know what they are…

  41. Marilynn Erwin says:

    Saw several (20 +) crawling on my brick, on my back porch. I live in the country, South of Jourdanton, Texas (about 45 miles south of San Antonio)! Kind of creepy!!!!

  42. Roony says:

    had one this morning in my PANTS. Came to school oblivious of it until i felt something crawl on my leg. I jumped up and it fell out running around the class with everyone in shock. I learned one thing today: check your clothes in Florida

  43. Ricky says:

    Tonight had one by my pool in Palm Beach Shores Florida

  44. Rita says:

    I just saw a click bug in Kendall, Miami. Outside.

  45. Barbara Emilienburg says:

    Just saw one of these beetles in the driveway in Rockport, Texas. Thought it was a lightning bug or firefly. Shine a flashlight on it & reflective dots look regular. Turn flashlight off it has the 2 reflective dots behind its head. Fascinating!

  46. New Rock City Singlista says:

    My son and so saw this bug in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. I noticed it early this morning before we left our home for work and school. We returned home about 6:40 pm and the bug was in the same spot. According to my son, it was doing the maniken challenge.
    That’s when we noticed the eyes were glowing green and I freaked. I tired spraying it with roach spray and he kept cradling after falling from the ceiling. My son and I are in my room held hostage.

  47. Antonio Rodriguez says:

    Ever since I was little kid living in Cuba ,my mother will bring this little critters and show them to me. We moved to the United States in 1980 and have lived in Key West ever since.
    Every year we would capture one of the little critters and show it to each other before sending them back to the garden. In the last few years I make it a point to find one during the month of May which is my mother’s birth month and bring one to her as one of Nature’s gifts; this year she turned 81, lives in a convalescent home and I just brought her one today in late May because I had not found one around the 11th on her birthday! WE consider this little bug a special gift between my mother and I. It is my favorite insect!

  48. ester gonzales says:

    Corpus Christi ,Texas Sunday 7AM in my living room ,will i sleep tonight.

  49. Cathy Barnard says:

    My cats found one in our house on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, TX. Looked like some sort of mechanical bug like out of the old movie “Batteries Not Included.” Very scary sight on the day of the eclipse.

  50. Jane says:

    One flew in my car in California! Scared to death – but guess it was scared to. Opened all the car windows and I guess he flew out. This must be a migration from the hurricanes. Ugh!

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