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Eyed Click Beetle

Alaus oculatus


25–45 millimetres (1.0–1.8 in) in length. It is found in Central and North America. Their diet consists of nectar and plant juice. The larva's diet consists of grubs and wood-boring beetles. (wiki)


Deciduous/mixed forests and woodlands (bugguide)


Found this damaged click beetle on a hot day in the middle of a large asphalt parking lot. I had not seen this species before and was amazed by the size and beauty. I had no hopes it would survive based on the amount of damage. Well, I'm not sure where but I read that they like watermelon so I took it home with me after work a gave it a nice chunk before setting it free in the back yard.

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Freehold Borough, New Jersey, USA

Spotted on Jun 7, 2012
Submitted on Jun 7, 2014

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