• eyespots on pronotum, created by a pattern of hairy scales
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Eyed Click Beetle

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Alaus oculatus, the Eyed Click Beetle. I usually find this one at lights, but occasionally just out in the woods or on flowers. This one was crawling around beside a trail at Eno River State Park. The larvae are associated with decaying wood, especially that of deciduous trees, and are said to be predatory on other larvae that feed on the wood itself.

  1. treegrow 56 months ago | reply

    I saw one of these, too, a couple of weeks ago in a marsh along the Anacostia river. Gives me a cool idea for an EOL contest: eyespots. That should allow for diverse submissions.

  2. corvid01 56 months ago | reply

    Wicked cool click beetle! Nice shot!

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