Species Alaus oculatus - Eyed Click Beetle
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)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Species oculatus (Eyed Click Beetle)
Other Common Names
Eyed Elater, Eastern Eyed Click Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Elater oculatus Linnaeus, 1756
Large size, huge eyespots on pronotum distinctive.
Deciduous/mixed forests and woodlands
Primarily Apr-July (BG data)
Adults may take some nectar and plant juices.
Larvae are predatory, eating grubs of wood-boring beetles like cerambycids (longhorns).
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.
Adults come to lights.
--more slender, has more mottled gray elytra (not shiny with white specks), smaller eyespots:
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)
|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.