Daylilies forum: He's back....... creepy bug

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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jun 22, 2019 7:45 PM CST
I had this bug in my garden last year. First time I ever saw it. He's back and twice the size as last year.

I asked the question last year what the bug was and it's an EYED ELATER. Definition below:

Alaus oculatus can reach a length of about 25–45 millimetres (1.0–1.8 in).[1] They have an elongated body, black in colour throughout. The pronotum exhibits a large oval patch of darker scales, framed in white, on each side - the common name of the beetle derives from this feature. The elytra are striated and mottled with silvery whitish scales.[1][2][3] The "false eyes" depicted on the pronotum are a defensive adaption designed to confuse or frighten potential predators. Like all click beetles, A. oculatus is also capable of suddenly catapulting itself out of danger by releasing the energy stored by a click mechanism, which consists of a stout spine on the prosternum and a matching groove in the mesosternum.[4]

If it would have catapulted itself at me when I took the picture I would have freaked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crying That's Gypsy Romance he's sitting on and it is a very big bloom. I'd say he was pretty close to the 1.8" size. YUCK


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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Irises Roses Peonies Butterflies Birds
Bee Lover Region: Canadian Ponds Garden Art Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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touchofsky
Jun 22, 2019 8:31 PM CST
That is one weird looking bug! Those false eyes are quite something Blinking
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
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ShakespearesGarden
Jun 22, 2019 9:42 PM CST
Seems like he's a mixed bag. Larval stages are predatory, but the adult go for nectar (okay) and plant juice (ack!).
Scout's motto: Be Prepared...
Name: Susie
Western NY (Zone 5a)
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lovegrillin
Jun 22, 2019 10:30 PM CST
Keep that one in your neck of the woods please.
Name: Terry
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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mystlw
Jun 23, 2019 9:59 PM CST
Someone in a Facebook group for gardeners in my area recently posted a photo of this guy! I didn't realize that we had those here, and I haven't seen one yet, but it's good to know so that I don't run screaming like my hair is on fire when I encounter one.
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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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Maryl
Jun 24, 2019 4:11 PM CST
I'm pretty sure it's the "Eyed Click Beetle" in the link below.
http://loycehoodphoto.blogspot...

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