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Allston gets deer, Brookline gets turkeys and the South End gets: Bugs with googly eyes

Bug with googly eyes

John Hanzl spotted Googly McGoogleeyes here skittering across a sidewalk in the South End and wondered what exactly it is.

Mr. Van Meter posits it's an eyed click beetle, Alaus oculatus, which Dr. Wikipedia tells us is a type of click beetle that has developed those fake eyes to try to scare off potential predators.

It's called a click beetle because it is "capable of suddenly catapulting itself out of danger by releasing the energy stored by a click mechanism," on its underside. It's normally found in "deciduous/mixed forests and woodlands," neither of which the South End is noted for (then again, Allston isn't noted for deer).

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Bugs are amazing! Nice find.

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That is mad crazy bad!

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which is a great name because I'm always elated to find one.

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moment happened a few years back while I was driving down Clarendon Street through an empty Back Bay on my way to Thanksgiving dinner.

Looked over, saw a handsome, smallish ring-necked pheasant just strolling casually along the sidewalk, like it knew it wasn't on anyone's menu that day, and thus did not give a damn. Impressive.

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When I was a kid in the near suburbs it was common to see the pheasants. IIRC they are not native, but were imported by hunters looking for a more British experience, and they did pretty well in the suburbs until the turkeys, which actually do belong here, started making a comeback.

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They aren't that bright. They are common in the Blue Hills, particularly on lower Unquity Road. Several times, I braked hard riding a bike as one would run (not too fast) across the road in front of me. From time to time, I'd see a car-flattened one. Yet, in general, I liked to see them, colorful them, appearing out of the woods.

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Mondo lols! Magoo.

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Looks like Bugs McBugsley to me!

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i am replaying beyond good and evil. i feel like the science center would reward john with their good framing.

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