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The Prettiest Darkling Beetle -
February 1, 2013
John (bird whisperer)
LB says, "TGIF!"
12 other people
"This is Hegemona, a large darkling beetle we encountered in Belize. These insects are large- about an inch long- and appear nearly black in the field. Under soft lighting, structural colors in the elytra emerge spectacularly. I suspect the bright alternating stripes serve to warn predators of the beetle’s toxicity, as it emitted a noxious odor when handled." -
That is pretty flashy, as darkling beetles go. -
...and as darkling beetles go, he went! -
Son of Groucho
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