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Big bug in our backyard
Location: Williamstown, New Jersey
May 21, 2011 2:19 pm
My 10 year old daughter found this bug in our backyard late May 2011 and was trying to find out what it was. The best she could come up with was ”some kind of weird beetle” but in our many camping trips had never seen anything quite like this. Can you help?
Signature: Curious Girl Scouts in NJ

Eyed Elater

Dear Curious Girl Scouts in NJ,
We are a bit late in getting to our mail this morning.  There was some technical difficulty with our site this morning, and then we had some late morning commitments.  We just returned from the Theodore Payne Foundation to do a dress rehearsal of our presentation next week and we are pleased that it seems there should not be any technical problems.  This is the largest Click Beetle in North America, the Eyed Elater.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: New Jersey
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