Subject: Bug mimicry at its finest
Location: Old Rag Mountain, Sperryville VA
July 7, 2012 11:45 am
This bug (it’s not photoshopped I swear) obviously survived by confusing predators with its coloration but I have no idea what kind of insect it is.
Signature: Curious in VA
Dear Curious in VA,
These are mating Eyed Elaters, a species of Click Beetle. You are astute to notice that the false eyes a good deterrent to predators who might mistake the Eyed Elaters for a threat.