Good Bug, Bad Bug?

Buzz was mowing the yard and this thing flew up and landed on his neck.



My first reaction would be kill it with fire! Okay, it would startle me and I might want it dead, but I wouldn’t kill it. Buzz’s reaction is to run in the house, get his camera and make it pose for photos on a stick.

After the photos are taken, it’s my job to figure out just what the the hell it is and is it eating my garden. Off to google! I put ‘beetle with black and white spots’ in the image search and there it was on the first page.

It’s an Eastern Eyed Click Beetle. Nearly 2 inches long with large false eyes on its back, it is found across the Eastern US. It gets its name because when turned on its back, it arches its body and launches itself several inches in the air with an audible click to right itself.

I also learned that the click beetle doesn’t damage living plants. The larvae are wireworms and considered pests because they feed on the roots of lawns, vegetables, and flowers (ohhh bad bug). But the larvae of the eyed species are predatory, live in decaying wood and feed on the grubs of wood borer beetles like longhorns. He’s one of the good guys!

Here's lookin' at you, kid

Here’s lookin’ at you, kid


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by bhd on June 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Wow, who knew Buzz was a beetle-wrangler?


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