Eyed Elater

Subject: What kind of Beetle is this?
Location: Southeastern United States
July 6, 2016 12:30 pm
This guy is in Middle Tennessee. I was wondering what kind of beetle this is, and are those really its eyes or just markings?
Signature: DL in TN

Eyed Elater
Eyed Elater

Dear DL in TN,
The large eyespots on the thorax of the Eyed Elater have evolved as protective mimicry.  A predator like a bird might be fooled into thinking that a tasty morsel is actually a much larger predator.

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