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I have never seen a bug like this. What is it?
May 29, 2010
Found outside on the driveway.
Curious
Middle Tennessee

Eyed Elater

Dear Curious,
Your beetle is a Click Beetle known as an Eyed Elater.  The “eyes” are actually eyespots to fool a predator into thinking that the tasty beetle is actually a much larger creature and a potential threat.  We have received several identification requests for Eyed Elaters this week, but your photo was by far the most clear.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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