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Is this a Beetle??
Location: Beaufort, SC
May 5, 2011 5:02 pm
My fiance was surprised by this lovely bug while driving near Beaufort,SC on the coast. It was about 2 inches long and fell from his visor! Can you tell us what this is? Thanks so much!
Signature: Paige

Eyed Elater

Hi Paige,
This distinctive Click Beetle is called an Eyed Elater.  The “eyes” are actually false eyespots that might frighten a predator into thinking that the Eyed Elater is a large potential threat ensuring that the beetle will avoid being eaten.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: South Carolina

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