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The Eyes Have It

Jeffrey Hahn, Asst. Extension Entomologist



Jeff Hahn

Photo 1: Eyed click beetle

During June, some people encountered eyed click beetles, Alaus oculatus, an interesting and conspicuous looking insect. An eyed click beetle is large, about 1 - 1 3/4 inch long. The wing covers are black mottled with small whitish patches. What are immediately noticeable are the two eyespots on its prothorax (the area behind its head) which are velvety black surrounded by a whitish ring. Eyed click beetles are associated with decaying logs and stumps and are found in open wooded areas. Watch for and enjoy the adults during spring. This insect is harmless and just a curiosity.
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