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Genus Alaus

Alaus oculatus - male Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus zunianus ELATERIDAE - Alaus oculatus Click Bug Like larva - Alaus Blind Click Beetle - Alaus myops Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus oculatus strange creature - Alaus oculatus Eyed or Blind Click Beetle? - Alaus oculatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Agrypninae
Tribe Hemirhipini
Genus Alaus
a-lā'-us (1); also "a-louse"
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Alaus Eschscholtz, 1829
Explanation of Names
New Latin from Greek alaos (αλαος), 'blind' (1).
6 spp. in our area (2)
25-45 mm
Large beetles, usually with prominent eyespots
See comparison of spp. here - Sam Wells
larvae of eastern spp. described in Casari (2002) (3)
see also(4)
A. oculatus - e. NA (TX-FL-PQ-SD) (5)
A. myops - se. US (southern pine forests)
A. melanops - w. NA (overlaps with A. oculatus in SD)
A. lusciosus - AZ-TX-KS / Mex. (6)
A. zunianus - AZ
The West Indian A. patricius has been recorded from the Florida keys. (5)
deciduous and coniferous forests; larvae in decaying hardwood or pine wood, esp. in decaying roots
Larvae feed on larvae and pupae of various insects, esp. beetles
Internet References
Univ. Florida Featured Creatures--good detail on larva (link updated 5/29/12)