Comments: Be My Entomologist

Supposedly, there is a type of click beetle that has bio-luminescent eye spots on it's head. Eric Carle wrote a children's book about the "Very Clumsy Click Beetle"

Also - here is a picture and description of the bug you saw:

There are some interesting species in this family, and we'll discuss just a few of them. One mentioned earlier is a species that produces light, and it fittingly is in the group of click beetles with the Latin name Pyrophorus. There are a few species of this group in the southern United States, and others south of that in Latin America. They are relatively large, with the adult beetle reaching about 1 inch in length in the U.S., and tropical species double that in size. They produce light in two yellow spots on the top of their thorax, and when they are flying through the air they look for all the world like a bright orange spark. Their light is not the famous blinking of fireflies, but more of a steady glow, and on a very dark night it is an impressive sight. Except for these two light spots the beetles are otherwise solid dark brown over their entire body. For more of a discussion on insects that produce light see another BugInfo article on "Fireflies and Lightning Beetles".

Posted by suze at May 30, 2009 10:00 PM

Fire Flies with a butt light !


I love it.........kinda like Tinker Bell

Posted by DammitWoman at May 30, 2009 10:37 PM

Thanks I can't go to bed for a few hours as I will surely dream about this post. Ugh, I get nauseous at the thought. You are talking my worse nightmare.

Posted by Sissy at May 30, 2009 11:12 PM

I think they must be cross breeding with the love bugs.


Posted by recondo32 at May 31, 2009 08:53 AM

Suze- I think we're getting closer. Their lights glow green, not orange, it's more angular and definitely gray in color as opposed to brown. It was like an alien bug. Blech. I'll continue looking in the path you've started as you're closer than I got.

DW- Heh! Tinkerbell from Hell!

Sissy- Oh it was a creepy trip. Overall it was good, but at night? At night the bugs had me on serious high alert. We have the biggest and nastiest damn bugs in the tropics.

Rick- Dude! HEY!!! Yeah, it would be a love bug mating with some nasty beetle and maybe an alien. Nasty nasty stuff... makes my skin crawl.

Posted by Bou at May 31, 2009 11:19 AM

Suze- I found another site and yup, it's a type of click beetle like you found. They got huge... I saw one over 1.5" in length. Nasty, nasty, nasty...

Posted by Bou at May 31, 2009 08:12 PM

"Palmetto bug" ewewewewewew

Posted by Patti at May 31, 2009 09:01 PM