I was photographing some wildflowers at Fort Yargo State Park when something flew straight at me and landed on my t-shirt. I was sorting myself out to pick it off and photograph it when it fell into the grass. I wasn’t able to find it but had gotten a good enough glimpse of it to know it was an Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus).
Although I couldn’t photograph this specific beetle, I had photographed one down by our creek a couple of years ago. Here it is… I almost didn’t notice it in the grass-like Wartremoving herb (Murdannia keisak) that grows on the ledge above the creek. I moved out into the open to photograph it.
Even in the open - in the middle of the photograph - it's not very obvious. The ‘eyes’ on its thorax do, however, interfere with its ability to blend completely into its background.
A close up. It’s a handsome specimen
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- Bug Guide: Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)
- Clemson University, Entomology: Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)