known as a wireworm, is. FIGURE 1. Genus: Alaus. Species: A. oculatus. (mounted specimen for viewing available in insect collection at County Extension A Beetle that Knows how to Click. We live on 3 acres in Wimberley, TX, and are always taking pictures and videos of wildlife that frequent our property. The oversized pincer-like mandibles of the stag beetle – particularly the male – are an imposing bit of weaponry on a 1.5-inch-long, heavily armored beetle, but the insect uses them mostly in male-on-male territorial and mating battles. dismember prey. (eyespots) on the back of its 1� inch body. As it snaps its body to flip itself into the air, and thus righting itself or escaping a would-be predator, the beetle produces an audible click. does not endorse extermination, Bug of the Month May 2011: Unknown Black Click Beetle. Most active mid-summer into fall, the katydid spends most of its time in the tops of tree or bushes, eating leaves. Scroll Over He’s just shy of 5 cm, 4.8 cm. © 2020 Bugs In The News — All Rights Reserved. Elateridae or click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them from the related families Cerophytidae and Eucnemidae) are family of beetles. eyespots function in a defense mode against would-be predators. Similar Beetles: The blind click beetle (Alaus myops), so-called because all the eye-spots are missing or indistinct, is 25-38mm (1-1.5 in.) The beetle’s outward appearance, however, is imposing, even frightening, to those encountering it in the wild. Only once, though; none of us wants to be accused of Eyed Elater abuse! Sure wish it was a cure for our stink bugs! It was on my shoulder. Such a cool insect! Such spots are found, for example, in Peacock feathers, on certain butterflies and moths, as well as on a few caterpillars, fish, and turtles. They are old timers that have farmed most of their life. One of the beetles John collected here measured about 1.75 inches in length, and the other was slightly smaller. Aphids, Scale Insects, Leafhoppers, and Tree Hoppers, Fungus Beetles and Pleasing Fungus Beetles, Pantry Beetles, Grain Weevils, Spider Beetles, Meal Worms and Carpet Beetles, Crickets, Camel Crickets and Mole Crickets, Sow Bugs, Pill Bugs, Isopods, Lawn Shrimp and Amphipods, Hummingbird Moths, Sphinx Moths or Hawk Moths, Pantry Moths, Clothes Moths, Case-Bearers and Meal Moths, Neuropterans: Lacewings, Antlions, and Owlflies, What's That Bug? The bug feeds on plants but normally does not cause plants any significant damage. Entomologists assume the When a bright green leaf suddenly moves, you know you’ve encountered a katydid. I swooshed it to the floor and caught it in a glass mason jar with holes in the top. The "false eyes" depicted on the pronotum are a defensive adaption designed to confuse or frighten potential predators. Other names include elaters, snapping beetles, spring beetles or skipjacks.This family was defined by William Elford Leach (1790–1836) in 1815. Gotta finish that bug project. FIGURE 4. Big-eyed Elater and Eyed The insects, which can be 3 inches long, eat mostly rotting leaves, fungi, algae and moss. Alaus oculatus (Linnaeus 1756) Size . to gently pick the little fellow up and take it back outside, where you For simple ovals of black circled by white, the eyespots really stand out on the otherwise black and white speckled beetle measuring 1-2 inches in length. The Eyed Elater has a hinged joint between the head and thorax of its body. Inside those clusters of spittle clinging to the stems of your plants in late summer and fall lives an insect nymph smaller than a grain of wheat. Physiology and Distinguishing Characteristics: A. Larvae are yellowish to dark brown in color, up to 50mm long, slender, jointed (having the appearance of segmented worms), hard-shelled (thus are often called wire-worms), with dark heads and three pairs of legs; the four anterior segments are dark brown; the 9th segment (counting from the head backward) has what appear to be pronged teeth, while the 10th segment has two anal hooks, 10-12 spines, and seta. meat-eaters that dines on many other noxious wood-boring larvae, Their ranges may overlap at the boundaries, but it is unlikely to see species completely cross over and populate the others' regions. All the longer to do its good deeds! It is the release of the spine from the notch that FIGURE 4. consume the roots of cereal crops, causing serious damage. The eastern cicada killer, which looks like an oversized, pale yellow jacket, is a predatory wasp. beetle, be of interest to a gardener? The female uses that long snout, known as a rostrum, to bore into an acorn to lay an egg. photographs are the property of the Galveston County Master Gardener The hinged joint allows the beetle to arch its back and then quickly snap the hinge, thus propelling the beetle into the air for several inches and allowing it to flip over. Adult eyed click beetles are not very common, but people tend to notice and remember them when they do see one. gardening and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting our That long, arching thing is an ovipositor, which the female uses to deposit eggs onto the backs of grubs living underground. I’ll put it back in the backyard now that I know it’s purpose. Hi Ben, The Texas eyed click beetle was first described in 1832 by the English entomologist Frederick William Hope (1797-1862); the common eyed click beetle (A. oculatus) was first described in 1758 by the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778). Filed Under: Insects. May 28, 2013 11:00am. Just to let everyone know. They have never seen this type of insect before and wonder what it is. benefits youngster with Autism, Eighth Recipient of the Nasty Reader Award: Pink Inchworm. The adult blue-winged wasp is a nectar feeder, but the female digs into the ground in search of grubs – particularly June beetle grubs – which she stings to inject a paralytic before laying an egg on it. including those of wood-boring beetles. There is a watch it hurtle itself through the air. The huge false eyespots make it readily identifiable; it is thought these startle predators into thinking they are confronting an … Wickler notes that, among all the animal patterns observed in nature, the eye-spot constitutes a major grouping. We called a wound specialist at Scott & White Hospital who told us to continue to monitor for swelling and watch the child’s behavior for anything unusual like breathing difficulty. Alaus oculatus larva looks like a stocky, yellowish-brown, segmented Further, because these beetles are the adults of larval forms that prey on destructive wood and root boring insects of trees and shrubs, they are extremely beneficial members of the ecosystem and should be prized and appreciated, rather than feared. On closer inspection, the insect is a similar blue-black on its head, thorax and first two segments of its abdomen, but red with bright yellow spots on the third segment of its abdomen. All digital We were amazed by this beetle in many ways. allowing it to flip over. 001. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. But have you seen the assassing bugs, spittlebugs and hornworms that also call your backyard home. It feeds on leaves, which it skeletonizes by eating the softer tissue and leaving the veins in place. Thank you so much for your help. 20-45 mm. The eyed click beetle is found in the southern U.S. as far west as Texas. You will receive a new password via e-mail. Alaus oculatus can reach a length of about 25–45 millimetres (1.0–1.8 in). attracted to light and, in hot weather, may enter a house through an opened Love your website! The female captures a cicada, stings it and injects venom and then carries it to a burrow, where she will lay an egg on it. The Eyed Elater has a hinged joint between the head and thorax of its body. Then, the beetle flexes its back to "pop" itself as much as Beautiful and big! The bug Compton's parents found has large eyes, long antennas, a gray and white elongated body and appears to have no problem wrapping its legs around a tree branch. Can you identify it? We’re going to let him go in the greenbelt tonight. The latest buggy inquiry comes from Primela Compton, writing on behalf of her parents in Liberty in Randolph County, NC. Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation, although it is also useful when the beetle is on its back and needs to right itself. Behavior and habitat: This is one of the largest of the click beetles and is found mainly in deciduous hardwood forests, though mainly around rotting logs. The jaws, which resemble small crab legs, are used to disable and This is the first one we’ve seen here so far. This is one of the Click Beetles known as the Eyed Elator or Big Eyed Click Beetle, Alaus oculatus. Although most of us won’t encounter the mostly subterranean mole cricket very often, each chance-meeting will be an almost other-worldly experience. I assured John that the bite of this beetle, though mildly painful at the moment the bite occurs, is rarely capable of breaking human skin, though — as one comment to this post informs us — such injuries can occur especially with small children. Coordinator. In their youths, the BugLady’s sisters had huge (HUGE) aversions to these blameless beetles. long, reddish brown to black, and found chiefly in the Southeast U.S.; the common eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) is 24-45mm (0.94-1.75 in.) Description. Im wondering how it got up here. appear different from adults (i.e., complete metamorphosis). The aptly named walkingstick hides in plain sight by looking exactly like a brown stick (greenish brown in females) The three pairs of slender legs tend to add to the camouflage effect, and at rest the walkingstick extends its front legs forward to extend the stick appearance.