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Subject:  Huge flying bug – Atlanta GA
Geographic location of the bug:  Lawrenceville GA USA
Date: 07/07/2018
Time: 10:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This thing flew onto out covered deck. At first I thought it was a hummingbird. We picked it up and set on the railing away from our puppy. Thought maybe it was playing dead, so we checked an hour later and it was gone.
How you want your letter signed:  Janet Tolman

Eyed Elater

Dear Janet,
The Eyed Elater is the largest Click Beetle in North America.

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Subject:  Beetle ?
Geographic location of the bug:  western new york
Date: 06/25/2018
Time: 08:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  found on golf course near niagara falls
How you want your letter signed:  jw

Eyed Elater

Dear jw,
This is an Eyed Elater, the largest North American Click Beetle.  The “eyes” are actually eyespots, markings that might fool a predator into thinking the Eyed Elater is a much larger, and potentially threatening creature, when it is in fact quite harmless.

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Subject:  What bug is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Newport News Virginia
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 08:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen this bug outside, my friend said it was a roach but I don’t think it is
How you want your letter signed:  Jordan hammond

Click Beetle

Dear Jordan,
Your friend is mistaken.  This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae.  Click Beetles have gotten their common name because they are able to snap their bodies if they find themselves on their backs, and the snapping propels them into the air so that they land on their feet, producing a clicking sound during the action.

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Subject:  Unknown beetle/insect
Geographic location of the bug:  South Africa
Date: 03/07/2018
Time: 11:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beetle/insect (see picture) is by my estimate about 10cm long has wings and its wing beat is loud
How you want your letter signed:  Jacques

Giant Acacia Click Beetle

Dear Jacques,
This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, and though individuals with feathered or pectinate antennae are found in the family, they are not the norm.  We believe it might be the Giant Acacia Click Beetle,
Tetralobus flabellicornis, which is pictured on iSpot

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Subject: Beautiful Bug
Location: Moraine State Park, PA, USA
August 5, 2017 9:13 pm
Can you tell us what this bug is? It was about 2″ long.
Signature: mccholly

Eyed Elater

Dear mccholly,
We can’t resist going straight to submissions with subject lines like your “Beautiful Bug” when we are searching for content for our site.  This is an Eyed Elater, the largest North American Click Beetle.

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Subject: Big beetle
Location: Lee’s Summit, MO
July 18, 2017 3:10 pm
What is this? It jumps like a click beetle.
Signature: Sandy Wilson

Eyed Elater

Dear Sandy,
“It jumps like a click beetle” because it is a Click Beetle.  The Eyed Elater is the largest North American Click Beetle.

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