Subject: Large black bug with huge false eyes
Geographic location of the bug: North central North Carolina
Time: 11:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This bug was on the wall of our home in NC. Date was August 2,2018. I would estimate that it was a little over an inch long. I am pretty sure the “eyes” are not actual eyes but rather adaptive coloring.
How you want your letter signed: Will Parrish
This impressive Click Beetle is appropriately called an Eyed Elater, and you are correct that those “eyes” are not real and are used as protection against predators.