Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus oculatus

Alaus oculatus is one of two large click beetles in the Florida scrub. The other is Alaus myops which has smaller "eye spots." I'll be on the hunt for a myops to post so you can see the difference. Click beetles are cool because of their ability to snap their bodies into the air when they are flipped upside-down. It's a bit startling too, so I think it functions as a defensive maneuver as well as a way for them to right themselves. Why do you think this beetle has two huge spots on its thorax?
 
Alaus oculatus
 
Close up of the eyed click beetle's face
 
Close up of the modified scales on its body. Why do you think the beetle has these???
 
cool antenna shot
 
 

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