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Transvestite Rove beetle

Leistotrophus versicolor


see the excellent description by LaurenZarate:

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KarenL 8 years ago

Fun fact! The transvestite rove beetle is so named because of an interesting strategy used by some males in order to mate: Adult beetles congregate on dung and carrion to hunt for flies. Males vary greatly in size, are larger than females on average, and have enlarged mandibles that they use in combat. Large males consistently defeat smaller ones, and some males employ female mimicry in order to avoid aggression, remaining at dung where they forage and even manage to mate with females while being courted by rival males.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Terrific_horrible :) Looks like a character from evil dead :P

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Great shot Andreas of our horrible little friend!

KarenL 8 years ago

Wonderful critter!

Aaron_G 8 years ago

With a common name like this, how can I not come check this out?? ;-) Great photo.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great spotting Andreas!

Andreas Kay
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Andreas Kay

Carolina, Provincia de Imbabura, Ecuador

Spotted on Jan 24, 2013
Submitted on Jul 1, 2013

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