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Species Alaus oculatus - Eyed Click Beetle

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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
Species oculatus (Eyed Click Beetle)
Other Common Names
Eyed Elater, Eastern Eyed Click Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Alaus oculatus (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Elater oculatus Linnaeus, 1756
Numbers
5 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
25-45 mm
Identification
Large size, huge eyespots on pronotum distinctive.
Range
TX-FL-PQ-SD (2)
Habitat
Deciduous/mixed forests and woodlands
Season
Primarily Apr-July (BG data)
Food
Adults may take some nectar and plant juices.
Larvae are predatory, eating grubs of wood-boring beetles like cerambycids (longhorns).
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in soil. Larvae predators of beetle larvae in decaying wood, especially hardwoods. Pupation is in unlined cell underground or in rotting wood.
Remarks
Adults come to lights.
See Also
Alaus myops--more slender, has more mottled gray elytra (not shiny with white specks), smaller eyespots:
  
Print References
Arnett et al. p. 197, fig. 476 (3)
Brimley, p. 165, lists occurence all year in North Carolina, most common February-June, notes association with oaks. (4)
Dillon and Dillon, p. 312, plate XXXII (5)
White, p. 173, fig. 40 (6)
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Univ. Florida
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
3.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
5.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
6.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.