Learn more about the eyed elater and other click beetles in their family page. Eastern-eyed Click Beetle. Pupation is in unlined cell underground or in rotting wood. Invertebrates are animals without backbones, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and arthropods. (c) Izabella Farr, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). We protect and manage the fish, forest, and wildlife of the state. Larvae prey upon other beetle larvae, including longhorn beetles, in rotting wood. Eyed Click Beetle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/16/2020). The blog is intended to be a place where citizens can learn about gardening, agriculture, home landscape issues and find out about learning opportunities within the Cherokee Cooperative Extension office. Use of images featured on Maryland Biodiversity Project is only permitted with express permission of the photographer. I was cleaning out the garage this weekend and ran into this little guy. First record for Baltimore County for the project. An Eyed Click Beetle in Charles Co., Maryland (5/24/2014). Elateridae or click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them from the related families Cerophytidae and Eucnemidae) are family of beetles. Eastern Eyed Click Beetle,Alaus oculatus (Linnaeus) This beetle is found in the eastern region of the united states NY, NJ, Connecticut. The eyed click beetle, or eyed elater, is common in the eastern part of our country. Their elytra (hard wing covers) are grooved and pitted lengthwise and are often covered with slippery scales, and the long, slim shape is typical of the family. An Eyed Click Beetle in Harford Co., Maryland (6/24/2017). Species. Eastern Eyed Click Beetle. Verified by Blaine Mathison/BugGuide. Predators see the eyes and assume the rest of the creature is proportional in size. According to bugguide.net, there are six Alaus species in North America, one, appropriately named Alaus myops. Moles, shrews, insectivorous birds, spiders and mantises are among their predators. (c) romainclem, all rights reserved. The Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle is typically 0.9 inches to 2.0 inches (25mm to 51mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: black; yellow; spotted; eyes; shapes; white; silver; gray. An Eyed Click Beetle in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/29/2014). Larvae of the Eastern-eyed Click Beetle are called 'wireworms' and live in decaying plants. The UGA Extension: Cultivating Cherokee County Blog is written by Josh Fuder, the Cherokee County Extension Agent for Agricultural and Natural Resources. Alaus oculatus. Adults are often … [1][2][3] The "false eyes" depicted on the pronotum are a defensive adaption designed to confuse or frighten potential predators. An Eyed Click Beetle in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/4/2011). Each eyespot is surrounded by a thick, white ring, making the pair very conspicuous. Its spectacular “eyes” and mottled white speckles are said to provide good camouflage, and the false eyes are designed to terrify predators. [3], "Eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) (Linnaeus, 1758)", "Species Alaus oculatus - Eyed Click Beetle", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alaus_oculatus&oldid=979914157, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 September 2020, at 14:06. This beetle gets its name from the clicking sound the overturned beetle makes when it flips itself into the air and hopefully lands upright. An EEE measures an inch-and-a half long +, and an energetic “click” can send it several inches in the air (the BugLady has seen small EEs propel themselves six or more inches into the air). An Eyed Click Beetle in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/27/2017). An Eyed Click Beetle in Howard Co., Maryland (5/19/2014). They are a cosmopolitan beetle family characterized by the unusual click mechanism they possess. Find local MDC conservation agents, consultants, education specialists, and regional offices. An EEE measures an inch-and-a half long +, and an energetic “click” can send it several inches in the air (the BugLady has … It lives in deciduous forests, where the larvae grow in decaying logs, preying on longhorn beetle grubs. Adults do not eat very much and are often found on pruned trees. Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle . The adults can be 1¾ inches long. “Icky-bugs” are actually Click beetles (family Elateridae), a.k.a snapping beetles or skipjacks. Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers. [3], This species is present in Central and North America. A June bug that has flipped over onto its back may wallow around for a while, waving its legs and feeling sorry for itself, but the click beetle has a spiffy mechanism for righting itself immediately. The click beetle’s real eyes are much smaller and positioned behind the antennae, on the insect’s true head. This intriguing insect was found in some mulch at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead. In their youths, the BugLady’s sisters had huge (HUGE) aversions to these blameless beetles. Don't be alarmed by the two large false eye spots on its head area. Arthropods—invertebrates with “jointed legs” — are a group of invertebrates that includes crayfish, shrimp, millipedes, centipedes, mites, spiders, and insects. Eyed Click Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/18/2020). Other names include elaters, snapping beetles, spring beetles or skipjacks.This family was defined by William Elford Leach (1790–1836) in 1815. Odd EEE factoid courtesy of Arthur V. Evans in Beetles of Eastern North America: the adults “are sometimes attracted to solvents and freshly-painted surfaces.” In his Bugeric blog, entomologist Eric Eaton explains that these aromatic scents are reminiscent of the odor of freshly cut trees. Larvae (wireworms) eat plants and other living things in the soil. The eyespots on the pronotum make predators hesitate to attack. [4], Eggs are laid in soil. The equally-impressive EEE Junior hatches from eggs laid in the soil and lives in dark, damp, decaying wood. At any rate, the trick is used to get right-side-up as well as to escape from predators (which will often drop an EE that performs a vigorous “click” while in-hand/beak).