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Species Alaus myops - Blind Click Beetle

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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)
Subfamily Agrypninae
Tribe Hemirhipini
Genus Alaus
Species myops (Blind Click Beetle)
Other Common Names
Small-eyed Click Beetle(1), Blind Elater(2)
Explanation of Names
Alaus myops (Fabricius 1801)
myops = 'short-sighted'
24-38 mm(2); 20-45 mm(1)
Similar to A. oculatus but smaller, narrower, and the eyespots on the pronotum much smaller*. More mottled, less glossy; elytral striae finer. Flies earlier in year (spring).
* Eyespot length in myops is approximately equal to the distance between eyespot and foreward edge of pronotum and much less (approaching 1/2 the length) of the distance from eyespot to rear edge of pronotum. In most oculatus, the eyespot length is much longer than distance to forward pronotum edge, sometimes (but not always) nearly equalling the distance to rear pronotal edge.
PQ-FL to SD-TX(3)(4), most common in se. US (BG data)
Pine and mixed pine/deciduous forests(5)
Spring (Apr-Jun), apparently about earlier than the related A. oculatus, which flies in mid-summer (P. Coin, pers. observation in NC)
Adults probably feed little, but may visit flowers, "weeps".
Life Cycle
Larvae prey on beetle larvae in pines(6)
Works Cited
1.Introduction to North American Beetles
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
2.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
3.An Illustrated Inventory of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Lick Creek Park, College Station, Texas
Edward G. Riley. 2013. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.
4. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
5.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
6.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.