An eyed elater (or eyed click beetle) found in a mulch/compost pile. He was a big fellow, about an inch and a half in length.
i like beetles, but wouldn't like this sod in my bed.---great focus and detail
o_____O oh what big eyes you has .... what does it do?
Well... it clicks ='D They're in the click beetle family, and if you pick them up, they jerk their body and make a loud clicking sound. It produces quite a bit of force, actually... if you put them on their back they'll click and flip themselves several inches into the air to try and right themselves.