Specimen 161 | Eyed Elator Click Beetle
[Alaus oculatus]

Click beetles are so called because of the audible sound their bodies make when they right themselves after having been flipped over—kinda like a tiddly wink. Large, fake eye spots on their thorax probably scare birds and other predators.

SPECIAL THANKS

to the Museum of York County

for their generous permission to paint right there in their Naturalist Center—so I could experience these beautiful creations up close and personal.

 

Specimen NC 161

Eyed Elator Click Beetle

oil & gold leaf on wood

3.25 x 5.25 in

2020