Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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]

Comments

  1. #1 mus
    October 31, 2008

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

  2. #2 Hai~Ren
    November 1, 2008

    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. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    November 1, 2008

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

  4. #4 Luna_the_cat
    November 1, 2008

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

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