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Species Alaus oculatus - Eyed 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 oculatus (Eyed Click Beetle)
Other Common Names
Eyed Elater, Eastern Eyed Click Beetle
Explanation of Names
Alaus oculatus (Linnaeus 1756)
20-45 mm
e. NA (QC-FL to ON-ND-CO-TX)(1)
Deciduous/mixed forests and woodlands
Adults may take plant juices; larvae feed on grubs of wood-boring beetles
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.
Adults come to lights
Internet References
Fact sheet (Woodruff 1999-2004)(2)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.University of Florida: Featured Creatures