We call these Popping Beetles. If you touch them, the just jump or "pop" a way any direction. A good protective trait to have. Great picture.
OH NO... gail says they POP but who would touch one to find out... yikes... i came to see if your wrote a post about me since FEAR is my middle name and my second middle name is Paranoia
For this I need to steal your saying.....HOLY MOOSE POOPS!!! I've never seen anything like that and it looks huge.
Wow - that thing is huge. Nice shots.
Great insect! I think its a sort of Rove Beetle - the pop that other people mention is caused by a 'peg' that fits into a 'hole' between two parts of the body, when the peg pops out it make the beetle flick away! Cunning!Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
Fascinating pictures - would have looked good without the colour.
Isn't he an ugly bug. I took a picture in my backyard a little while ago. I believe it was two lizards mating. Either that or the one was killing the other. I like to think it was the first.
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