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Long-legged Darkling Beetle

Stenocara dentata

Description:

mating beetles

Habitat:

Spotted in Namibia, Namib Naukluft

13 Comments

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Don't worry Bayucca ;-))

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Yes, and in this case it was very disappointing...

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

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;-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

You got the point Bayucca..where Identification take us to wrong turn...

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

I agree with Stenocara dentata and has to notice again: Many, many wrong IDs even on at first sight trustable websites!

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

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 ;-)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

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.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

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...

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

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
bayucca 8 years ago

Cool!

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

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 !!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

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.

IsabellaFiers
Spotted by
IsabellaFiers

Windhoek District, Namibia

Spotted on Jul 14, 2009
Submitted on Jun 16, 2012

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