Observation 21541: Stereum Hill ex Pers.

When: 2009-06-01

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

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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Looks like someone else found the same thing today on bugguide.net…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-06-02 14:25:15 CDT (-0400)

Maybe the two of these should get together…


There’s also bugguide.net…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-06-02 14:20:40 CDT (-0400)

BugGuide is a good place to go to get help identifying bugs. Of course, they are welcome on MO as long as there’s at least something fungoid about the observation.

Beetle Observer … a new franchise!
By: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)
2009-06-02 13:54:38 CDT (-0400)

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.

It sure scared me!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-02 13:00:30 CDT (-0400)

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!

it’s a click beetle!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-06-02 12:53:17 CDT (-0400)

and they are totally cool…they can snap! their carapace to scare off predators…if that eyespot doesn’t do the trick first.

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