Aug 13 2014
I thought that all of you bug nerds would jump on my July 30th “Name another bug” post, but nary a guess from anyone!
I trolled the internet and came up with a suggestion of my own: the Asian long-horned beetle — an invasive species which looks like this:
But then I consulted my entomology contact (doesn’t everyone have one of those?)
And my source quickly identified the bug in question.
It is not an Asian long-horn.
It’s an eyed click beetle (aka, Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle or Alaus oculatus).
This particular species is found all along the Eastern seaboard and the “click” comes from the sound the beetle makes when it snaps its back, flipping itself upright.
As for the eyes? They’re nothing but spots intended to look like eyes… to make the beetle appear larger and more threatening to potential predators.
There you go — more bug trivia, just for you!
PS: Thanks, Hunter. Keep those beetle pictures coming.