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Inflated Beetle

Cysteodemus armatus

Description:

Have greatly "inflated" and textured elytra (wing covers) and their very long legs which gives them the name of Spider Beetle also. Their wing covers are mottled with a nitrogenous secretion (colored white or yellow), noxious to predators, can cause blisters on human skin. The inflation is thought to be an insulation against the heat.



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JudyCrawford
Spotted by
JudyCrawford

Arizona, USA

Lat: 33.67, Long: -114.22

Spotted on Apr 6, 2013
Submitted on Apr 7, 2013

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