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Eyed Elator, Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)

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Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Elateridae
Genus: Alaus
Species: oculatus

Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Costa Mesa, California
Fort Pierce, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Molino, Florida
North Port, Florida
Orlando, Florida (2 reports)
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Naperville, Illinois
Ainsworth, Iowa
Abita Springs, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Valley Lee, Maryland
Southwick, Massachusetts
Barton City, Michigan
Hastings, Michigan
Croton On Hudson, New York
Ontario, New York
Yonkers, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Zirconia, North Carolina
New Milford, Pennsylvania
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
Inman, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Walterboro, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Fate, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
South Padre Island, Texas
Barboursville, Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Huntington, West Virginia

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Calalily On Feb 21, 2008, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a) wrote:

The larvae of this beetle eat wood boring insects. This is a very good bug to have around.

Neutral crimsontsavo On May 31, 2008, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN
(Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew up making these bugs "click" and "pop". If you touch them they click really loudly and pop quite high into the air. Great fun! Well...for me that is...

Positive horselover1x On Jun 22, 2008, horselover1x from Southwick, MA wrote:

the bug is soo cool. i saw it in my dogs pen outside. i saw it decided to take a pic of it and find out what kind of bug it is. so i did.

Neutral TexasPuddyPrint On Apr 18, 2009, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

Interesting looking beetle. Saw four on a tepeguaje (Leucaena lveruienta) lead tree. Thought they were alaus oculatus but our Texas entomologist identified them as alaus lusciosus. So am modifying my comment. I have created a new bug file for them.

~ Cat

Positive Hemophobic On Aug 2, 2011, Hemophobic from Kannapolis, NC wrote:

I posted this as a positive simply because it was an unusual bug to see in my garden and I immediately came to DG to see what it is. From some of the comments posted here, I guessed correctly that it is a good bug to have around. Unique looking bug and quite large: about 1 1/2 inches or more.


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