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Genus Alaus

Eyed click beetle - Alaus oculatus click beetle - Alaus oculatus Blind Click Beetle - Alaus myops Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus oculatus Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus oculatus BG2737 E7130 - Alaus myops Eyed Click Beetle  - Alaus oculatus - male - female Elateridae - Alaus zunianus
Classification
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
Pronunciation
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).
Numbers
6 spp. in our area (2)
Size
25-45 mm
Identification
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)
Range
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)
Habitat
deciduous and coniferous forests; larvae in decaying hardwood or pine wood, esp. in decaying roots
Food
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)