Alaus myops, 17 May 2015

Alaus myops, the Small-eyed click beetle;
Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2015).

Here’s a chunky little brick of a beetle. This is a Small-eyed click beetle, one of two very similar click beetles we have roaming and clicking about our stretch of central Florida (and elsewhere). The black spots serve as distracting fake eye spots, and the species is able to fling itself across a distance using an internal clicking action (not entirely unlike a single-spined spring mechanism) for defense. It’s always to find one of these trekking about the foliage of central Florida.

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