Yesterday I mentioned I’d post about a cool bug, and you’re about to get more bug than you bargained for. First, the alarming little guy that was caught in the net was an eyed click beetle.
I say he was alarming not only for his false “eyes” that are intended to scare off predators, but for a scary little habit of jumping or clicking when touched. This beetle seems to be hinged together and can snap right out of your hands – assuming you were brave enough to pick it up in the first place. The whole post today was going to be about this bug, but then I remembered! I’ve got the Bug to End All Bugs stowed away in that little treasure box! Perfect!
Now, this is a BUG!
This is a rhinocerous beetle, also called a Hercules beetle. This one is perfectly preserved, but was barely alive when a little boy brought it to me some years ago in Kentucky. He had more nerve than me, because even handling this bug to take these photos creeped me out. It is a beautiful specimen though, if you like fascinating critters. Look at the tiny little dots going down the center line where the wings (are they wings? These things FLY?) come together. They look like a sewing machine has laid down a row of stitches.
And check out the butt-end fringe! I have no idea what that’s for, and can’t seem to find any references about it. There’s some good information on this site. Apparently, these beetles are harmless. The horns on the one I have are quite large, which means it was a well-nourished male. Horns are used for fighting off other males during mating season, and are harmless to humans. Um hum. I’m never going to test THAT theory!
Life is good, but can also be creepy! Tomorrow – we’re back to soft, colorful, pretty birds!