Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Winston Salem NC
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 03:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please tell me what big this is
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy Tuttle

Eyed Elater

Dear Nancy,
We are very excited that your query is allowing us to post our first image of an Eyed Elater this year.  The Eyed Elater is a species of Click Beetle, a family that includes many members that are able to right themselves if they find themselves on their backs by snapping the body and propelling the insect into the air, inevitably landing on its feet while producing an audible clicking sound.  The false eyes provide excellent protective mimicry by discouraging predators who might sense a larger creature with large eyes that might try eating the predator.

Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina

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