Eyed Click Beetle, Red River Gorge, KY
I was able to identify this bug, but thought you might be interested in the photo. I found it while hiking in Red River Gorge in east-central KY.
Incidentally, I was using your site today to identify a big spider I found in my bedroom (and accidentally killed in the attempt to catch and release it- which is a big step for me as a recovering bugophobe). The spider turned out to be a brown recluse, so I feel less bad about its demise. But yall have definitely helped turn me from a indoor bug smusher (if they’re outside they’re okay) to a live-and-let-liver or a return-to-the-outdoors-er. So thank you!!
Thanks for sending in your photo of an Eyed Elater, one of the largest Click Beetles in the U.S. We are also quite pleased to hear that our site has contributed to your insect tolerance.