Friday Beetle Blogging: Pill Beetle


Cytilus alternatus, Pennsylvania

This lovely little round insect is called a pill beetle.  Why is that, you ask?

Check this out:



Retractile legs!

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D

ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through tracing paper


  1. #1 Clay Bolt
    December 12, 2008

    What a neat little guy. And all this time I thought that they were called pill beetles because of their bad attitudes! You know, “Don’t be such a….never mind.


  2. #2 Dawn Fine
    December 12, 2008

    OH Neat…great photos…thanks..I am loving all the buggies here…

  3. #3 Bug Girl
    December 12, 2008

    That is so cool. Thanks!

  4. #4 Kolby
    January 20, 2009

    Hey, I didn’t know that is why they are called “pill beetles”. Interesting! I wonder if the beetle I photographed in Nicaragua last month was a pill beetle too. Its legs fit nicely in its underside as well.

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