Posted on 06/11/2013

Photo taken on June 11, 2013

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click beetle
Athens, Ohio

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"Eyed" click beetle

"Eyed" click beetle
Saw this fellow, an inch and a half long, on the woodpile this afternoon and thought I'd make a picture. Those spots on his thorax are not eyes, but may be meant to seem like eyes so as to confuse predators. The click beetle is so called because of its powerful snapping of the thorax-abdomen joint which helps it escape predators in a bariety of ways -- and if it ends up on its back, it can "click" its way to rectitude. Its scientific name, in case you're interested, is Alaus oculatus.

Nikon D7100 with 55-300mm Nikkor zoom -- and I simply must learn to let the stabilization system settle down before I make the picture.

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