Eyed Click Beetle

Black and white beetle with large "eyes"

Alaus oculatus, Negri-Nepote-Leni Preserve, Somerset County, New Jersey, 2007-06-17

You can’t always ID beetles down to the species level with the naked eye, but this one’s very distinctive, and we had them around my house in Metairie, Louisiana when I was growing up.

The big “eyes” aren’t really eyes, just spots on its hinds parts. Likely they either make predators think this beetle’s bigger than it is, or get them to attack the wrong end.

2 Responses to “Eyed Click Beetle”

  1. penut Says:

    your da bomb

  2. Amy Mock Says:

    Found an eyed click beetle in my yard today. How common are they in Savannah Georgia?

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