Jumping Bug
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.
Signature: Caren

Eyed Elater

Hi Caren,
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.

Location: Texas

14 Responses to Eyed Elater

  1. Paul Rusin says:

    I found one of these in an old maple stump in western NY. Must be common throughout the U.S.

  2. Diana Eldridge says:

    I had an Eyed elater jump into my hair today! I live in Shepherdstown, WV.

  3. Robert Foster says:

    Oran NY
    Had one on porch at neighbors house.
    Had look it up to find what it was.
    Thanks for web site info.

  4. Dianne says:

    Found one of these in my backyard this morning. Mesquite (Dallas County), Texas. Thanks for the ID.

  5. Adriene Acocella says:

    Found two here in Savannah, GA! 5/6/16!
    Thanks for the info.

  6. stacy says:

    Found one here in Galveston, Texas 5/24/2016.

  7. Connie Wo says:

    Just found one of these on our trampoline in Lexington, SC.

  8. Aliesha2007 says:

    Found in Trinity tx

  9. Jason says:

    I found one 2 miles north of Deland, Illinois at my dads house. It landed in the seat of my vehicle when I got out. Was somewhat startling at first when I picked it up. My 73 year old father had never seen one and the same as many of my friends. Dad did have a dead pine tree he had recently cut down. Not sure if that’s where it came from. He does live basically in the middle of a corn/been field. Haven’t seen any since. I just want to know how it got here in Illinois and why we haven’t ever seen any before and since I found it. I did give the bug to an animal doctor to make sure it was cared for properly. More info would be appreciated!

  10. Melvin says:

    Found one in my grill today, Newark, NJ

  11. Evelyn Niceforo says:

    I live in N. H. I have one on My Front Porch right now. I imagine it was attracted by the Porch Light last night. It jumped while on it’s back, but didn’t turn over, so I gently turned it over and left it there. Did I do the right thing?

  12. Andrew Wasylkiw says:

    On Sunday, July 23rd, 2018, I saw one of these interesting bugs at Red top mountain state park located near Cartersville Georgia. In person, its gray, black and white colors are brilliant. We were fortunate to observe it for several minutes on the deck rail at the visitor’s center.

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