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
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.