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Spotted in Namibia, Namib Naukluft
Don't worry Bayucca ;-))
Yes, and in this case it was very disappointing...
totally agree there is a lot of wrong info on the net, makes you even more doubt, at least to me because I still have a lot to learn;-)
You got the point Bayucca..where Identification take us to wrong turn...
I agree with Stenocara dentata and has to notice again: Many, many wrong IDs even on at first sight trustable websites!
Thanks a lot guys, i don't know nothing about beetles but I searched the namib desert beetle and I also have a picture of this one I believe. Post it imediatly ;-)
Look to be...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stenocara_d...
I have seen the other beetle you mentioned as well. In this case most of the IDs on the web are wrong! I felt quite comfortable looking at the references. You are from this aera, so you are the better one for beetle IDs.... I apologie the confusion.
Most of the beetles in the Namib exhibit this water collecting as shown in the video posted by Bayucca. http://www.asknature.org/strategy/dc2127...
Gracilipes is a Racing-stripe Darkling beetle with distinctive white lines on its body.I'm of the opinion that it is Stenocara dentata. (Long-legged Darkling Beetle)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stenoc...
Bayucca, you are right, the guide we had also told us about the water drops they collect, but i didn't remember the name of the beetle, thanks a lot !!
You have to verify!! Namib beetles are not my usual range. This is a perfect adapted beetle to an extremely "unhealthy" environment. By a special body position it is collecting water drops out of the foggy environment and store this water for later. This amazing technique is nowadays also used in bionic technology for getting water out of the air in dry areas.
Spotted on Jul 14, 2009 Submitted on Jun 16, 2012