This insect had six legs and was long and narrow, at least 1 1/4″ from head to tail. The shell was divided into two sections. The longer rear section was mostly black dotted with gray; it narrowed and rounded at the tail end. The shorter front section was grey with a black stripe down the center and more rectangular. One large black dot was located on each side of the black stripe; these appeared to be eyes at first glance. The head had two antenna and a probiscus of some kind kind extending from the mouth.
This bug was found on our Nebraska family farm in early July on a warm sunny day by my brother while he was hauling large round bales out of his alfalfa field. It was clinging to his pant leg when he first saw it. He had never seen one like it in his 63 years of farming so he stopped by the house to show me. I had never seen one either, but luckily, I had my camera along and snapped a quick closeup. He then took it to the side of the yard near the road ditch and let it go. A few days later, I returned to my home in NW Iowa, determined to find out what type of insect it was.
Thank you in advance for any time and help you can give me in identifying this bug. I am most grateful that there are people like you who offer such a great service.
Dear fellow Iowan, that is a large click beetle called the Eyed Elater or Eyed Click beetle. The large eye like spots make it very easy to identify. The adults may come to lights, esp in the spring and early summer. This one was probably looking for some nectar and happened to get to the pant leg during the activity of the haying process.
The click beetle family are known for playing dead. Once they are playing dead you can place them on their backs and they will “click” themselves over…reason for the name click beetle.
These are found in woodlands. The adults may feed on some nectar. The larvae are predatory in decaying wood, eating grubs of wood-boring beetles like (Cerambycidae or longhorn beetles).
So glad he let it go…they are beneficial in controlling those wood boring grubs.
Neat large beetles to find! Nice photo.