Whirligig beetles

These oval, streamlined beetles are mostly black, often with a bronze or steel-blue sheen. The long front legs arc used to grasp prey, while the middle and hindlegs are short and paddlelike. Whirligigs occur in large numbers on the surface of water and use their ripple-sensitive antennae to locate prey.

• LIFE CYCLE Groups of eggs are laid on the underside of leaves. Pupation occurs on land in a cocoon or inside a mud cell.

• Occi JRRENCE Worldwide. On the surface ^jv of ponds and slow-flowing streams.

• KEMARK Their name derives from the fact that they swim rapidly, in circles.

ryes divided into upper and lower part:

long front legs used to grasp prey short, paddle like m iddle and hindlegs larvae are elongate, with sharp, sucking mandibles and feathery abdominal gills.

enhymws species arc-found in South America. I /ike all whirligig beetles, they produce a fruity odor that deters predators.

ryes divided into upper and lower part:

long front legs used to grasp prey short, paddle like m iddle and hindlegs

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Family HlSTKRIDAK

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I hese tough-bodied insects are rounded or oval. Many are convex in profile, although some have flat bodies that allow them to live under hark. Most species are black and have various striations and punctures on the surface of the elytra and other body parts.

• L11 I CYCLE Eggs are laid in carrion, dung, and rotting plant matter. The larvae (and adults) eat other insects, especially fly maggots and beetle grubs.

• OCCl RREN( :i Worldwide. In dung, carrion, or leaf litter; under bark; in tunnels of wood-boring insects; in nests of ants or birds; or inside termite colonics.

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Carcinoids rrci/.o is a black, extremely shiny beetle that breeds in rotting vegetable or animal matter and in bat dung. OVLRMKAI)

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large, curved mandibles

A HoLou:rr \ splcils arc very flat, with an extremely hard body surface. They hunt for prey underneath the bark of v arious trees.

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