What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Giant Beetle?
Location: East Texas
April 12, 2014 1:38 pm
I have never seen anything like this. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it was more of a brownish-grey and had two spot on its back that resembled eyes or the markings of some moths.
Signature: Thanks! Megan

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Hi Megan,
This is a very dark Eyed Elater, a species of Click Beetle.  Most individuals are colored in a more contrasting manner so the dark occuli or eyespots show up dramatically against the body.  The eyespots serve as a defense mechanism, fooling many predators into thinking that the succulent morsel is actually a much larger predator, like a snake.

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

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