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Big Eyed Click Beetle
Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:25 PM
I found this large beetle today. I assume it is a Big Eyed Click Beetle? It may have been too cold out today for it to click and turn itself over.
Fred
Central Florida

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

Hi Fred,
You are correct.  This is an Eyed Elater, Alaus oculatus, which is also called an Eyed Click Beetle.  We are not certain why your individual didn’t “click” itself upright, but we do know that the larger Elaters are not as proficient at the clicking maneuver as are some of its smaller, less colorful relatives.

Eyed Elater

Eyed Elater

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Unknown bug found in garden
Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 1:26 PM
Hey bugman,
During the summer I found this odd bug in my garden during. I wasn’t bothering anything as far as I could tell. A few days later I was fixing a windmill on our property and found another one. I live in Prescott, Arizona, near 5000 ft. elevation.
David,
Prescott, Arizona

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Hi David,
This beautiful Click Beetle is in the genus Chalcolepidius and according to BugGuide, it is found in Arizona and Utah.  Other than the generic family name Click Beetle, this beauty has no common name.

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Unidentified Black bug
It is a black bug that was found in Freeport,Texas in a office building. The Bug has 6 legs and two antenna. The strange thing is that it has two glowing green dots behind it’s eyes. Attached are pictures. Thanks in advance

According to BugGuide, Click Beetles in the genus Deilelater are known as Glowing Click Beetles, but we have also seen them called Fire Beetles. In tropical countries, people wear them as living jewelry.

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HELP!
Hello! We could really use some help identifying the two bugs below. They were found beneath old logs in Southern Kentucky. Thanks!
Heather Allen

WirewormFlatbacked Millipede

Hi Heather,
Because today is a California Holiday, C

Update:  May 10, 2015
Today while searching our archives for Wireworm images for a new Wireworm posting, we came across this truncated posting that probably occurred when we did a major site migration many years ago.  At any rate, Wireworms are the larvae of Click Beetles in the family Elateridae.

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While taking our morning walk in the canyon near downtown Los Angeles, we encountered a strand of spider silk stretched across the path. It was probably from one of the Araneas or Neoscona species that build enormous webs at night. Dangling from the silk was a shrouded insect. When we broke the silk to pass, out of curiosity, we decided to unwrap the insect. What we found was amazing on several levels. First, the beetle was alive, meaning the spider was anticipating a future meal. The beetle has a hard shell, is just over an inch long and is shaped like on of the Click Beetles, Family Elateridae. It is covered with hairs that shine gold in the sunlight. But those feathery antennae seemed out of character. We quickly turned to our guide books and could locate nothing remotely similar. We decided to trouble Eric Eaton thinking he could quickly identify this anomoly. Here is his response: “Wow! Cool:-) I would agree that it is probably a click beetle, but have never seen anything like it. I’ll try and forward this image to Arthur Evans and see what he says. Thanks for sharing! Eric” So, for the moment, our beetle remains a mystery.

NOTE: Eric then wrote back with more information. L.A. Elaterid? “Here’s what my buddy Dr. Art Evans has to say about your beetle. CRAZY! Let it go if it is still alive. If it has died, then you can send it along, thank you:-) Eric”
And here is Dr. Art Evans conclusion: “The following excerpt is from our upcoming field guide for CA beetles: At least five species of Euthysanius are found in California. The males of Euthysanius lautus (15.0-19.0 mm) (Plate 111) are reddish-brown with grooved elytra and feathery, 12-segmented antennae. They are found under the bark of pines (Pinus) and are attracted to lights throughout southern California. Adult females (up to 35.0 mm) (Plate 112) have very short elytra and lack flight wings, exposing most of the abdominal segments. They are found crawling over the ground.”

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Help!
We have a 7th grade science project due Monday (05-09-05). We have this insect we would like to use in the project, but don’t have any idea what it is. Can you identify it?
Thanks,
Ben

Hi Ben,
This is one of the Click Beetles known as the Eyed Elator or Big Eyed Click Beetle, Alaus oculatus. Adults eat little and larva attack roots and small creatures in the soil. Click Beetles are so called because if they are turned on their backs, they quickly flex their body making a clicking sound and flipping in the air to right themselves.

Thank you so much for your help. Gotta finish that bug project. Love your website!
Ben

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