Trilobite beetle of Laos

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Just in time for Hallowe’en: This video shows a juvenile netwing beetle, sometimes known as the Trilobite beetle due to the plates on its back (scutes). Firefly larvae also have scutes. This individual was collected in the Puhipi mountains of Laos [2:02]

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0 Responses to Trilobite beetle of Laos

  1. mus says:

    Cool. What do they eat? better yet, HOW do they eat?

  2. Hai~Ren says:

    As far as I know, the larvae feed on micro-organisms that live in rotting wood.
    What I find even more interesting is that while the males metamorphose and turn into small little beetles, the females actually become sexually mature while they’re still in the larval stage.
    http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/vines/8983/stories/trilobit.html

  3. thanks for the additional information about this odd insect, hai-ren! i appreciate this.

  4. Luna_the_cat says:

    That HAS to be one of the coolest insects EVER. Whoa. Yeah. CooooOOOOOOooOOOOOooooolllllll……