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Subject:  What is it
Geographic location of the bug:  NE Florida
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 02:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this outside
How you want your letter signed:  Atch

Eyed Elater

Dear Atch,
This memorable insect is an Eyed Elater, one of the largest Click Beetles in North America.

Subject:  Please ID Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Powell, Ohio
Date: 06/12/2021
Time: 09:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this on my hat On June 1. I’m on 3 acres of mixed woods – maple, black and honey locust, black walnut, lots of dead ash, some sassafras. Can you identify this for me? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  I have no idea what you mean by that. My name is Molly.

Eyed Elater

Dear Molly,
This magnificent Click Beetle is called an Eyed Elater.  What appear to be big, black eyes are actually markings on the thorax called eyespots and they are thought to fool predators into thinking the Eyed Elater is a large predator.

Thank you so much, Daniel. I did some reading, they really are fascinating!
I do appreciate your help!
Molly

Subject:  What kind of bug is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  North New Jersey
Date: 06/04/2020
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. This bug was found on my daughters chair at a park we were at. They started screaming. I know why once I saw it.
How you want your letter signed:  K

Eyed Elater

Dear K,
This distinctive beetle is an Eyed Elater, the largest North American Click Beetle.  It is considered harmless to humans, and its large false eyespots will deter a large predator into thinking the Eyed Elater might be a much larger threat.

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 03/29/2020
Time: 05:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug in our house today. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Leta Wellman

Eyed Elater

Dear Leta,
This is an Eyed Elater, the largest Click Beetle in North America.  Is is harmless, and it poses no threat to your home.

Subject:  I can’t find this on inaturalist
Geographic location of the bug:  Arizona/Sonoran border
Date: 07/27/2019
Time: 01:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  @ Coronado after a couple of rains.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29543844
About 2inches long.Can Fly
BTW, how come I can’t sign in no more?
How you want your letter signed: ptosis

Apache Click Beetle

Dear ptosis,
This gorgeous beetle is an Apache Click Beetle,
Chalcolepidius apacheanus, which we identified on BugGuide.  When we posted images of this strikingly beautiful beetle long ago, we pondered the lack of a common name on BugGuide at the time, and we proposed Apache Click Beetle as the common name based on its existing scientific name.  We don’t understand your question:  “BTW, how come I can’t sign in no more?”  Please clarify.

Apache Click Beetle

Subject:  Beetle or Roach?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Stratford, NJ (south NJ)
Date: 07/21/2019
Time: 11:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
My wife and I just moved into a house and immediately saw a single, dying roach. We saw other, similar looking bugs but our exterminator has told us (through email) that they are ground beetles. I don’t entirely trust him, as his company supposedly will come back “for free if needed.” What do you think? I sent three different bugs on different occasions that I’ve seen. Thanks in advanced!
How you want your letter signed:  Tom W

Click Beetle

Dear Tom,
This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, but we do not know the species, and it poses no threat to your home or its residents.  Many Click Beetles accidentally enter the home when they are attracted to lights.

Thanks Daniel! Really appreciate you taking the time to get back to me. Have a great day!
Best,
Tom Wexler