All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Eastern Eyed Click Beetle</strong>
<em>Alaus oculatus</em> / Coleoptera
My husband saw this huge beetle when it flew in front of his face as we were hiking in Florida (we also have these beetles in east Tennessee). The false eyes are thought ...
Eastern Eyed Click Beetle
Alaus oculatus / Coleoptera
My husband saw this huge beetle when it flew in front of his face as we were hiking in Florida (we also have these beetles in east Tennessee). The false eyes are thought to scare birds and other predators away. Click beetles have a hinged thorax, so if they get turned upside down, they can flip back upright. Their larvae are called "wireworms", they live in decaying trees.

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