Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]
There are some little Stereum fruitbodies in this photo, but this really a shameless attempt to show you guys this awesome bug. It was almost three inches long!
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Beautiful creature. Your beetle looks very much like Wikipedia’s eyed click beetle, Alaus oculatus. Scroll down that wiki page and click on the little photo to see a much larger one. Trying to link to the larger photo directly provokes an error for some reason.
My elbows were on the log when I saw that thing coming at me! I ran like a little girl. The bug must have sensed my fear because he froze, allowing me to get a few good shots. The photos don’t show scale very well. This bug is as long as my index finger!
and they are totally cool…they can snap! their carapace to scare off predators…if that eyespot doesn’t do the trick first.
Created: 2009-06-02 09:09:42 PDT (-0700)
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