Eyed Elater

Sir or Ma’am,
Can you tell me what type of bug I have attached to this email? The specimen was found outside of Sanford, N.C. May 15, 2008. It is approximately 1.50 inches long and has 6 legs; if you press on its torso, a stinger (maybe??) will extend approximately an 1/8 th of an inch.

Hi Bill,
Your beetle is a Click Beetle known as the Eyed Elater. The stinger you describe is the female’s ovipositor.

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