I look at wilderness now with profound respect, knowing it must be preserved as a retreat for harried mankind in a world hurtling toward what seems to be a complete divorce from the past.
~Sigurd Olson ~


The Eyed Click Beetle is the largest of the 800 or so North American click beetles, with some individuals nearing two inches in length. It occurs across much of the eastern United States. The larvae live in logs and prey on other insect larvae; the appearance of click beetle larvae suggests their other name - wireworms.

Eyed Click Beetle
Photo: Mike Habeck.

The click beetle name arises from their ability, when placed on their backs, to draw their abdomens up, then suddenly down. This action, coupled with a clicking sound, sends them flying into the air, often landing on their feet.