Subject: Spectacle bug
Location: Baltimore Maryland, woods
May 12, 2014 8:13 pm
Saw this on a tree trunk in Robert E Lee park in Baltimore Md today. The park is really a fairly large woods with a stream and lake close by.
Signature: Joe Halloran
In our opinion, the Eyed Elater, a large Click Beetle that you have submitted, is an unforgettable beetle that the average North American has a good chance of encountering at least once in a lifetime. The false eyespots are an effective defense mechanism by making the harmless Eyed Elater look larger and quite fierce to a bird or other predator.