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.
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.