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Namib Desert beetle

Stenocara gracilipes

Description:

Bodysize 3 cm. The Namib Desert beetle (Stenocara gracilipes) is a species of beetle that is native to the Namib Desert of southern Africa. This is one of the most arid areas of the world, receiving only 1.4 centimetres (0.55 in) of rain per year. The beetle is able to survive by collecting water on its bumpy back surface from early morning fogs.

Habitat:

Sunexposed rocky hot and dry aera at Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Notes:

Location Data GPS tagged.

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4 Comments

Interesting beetle.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

So glad you found the species, Benno. This one is especially colorful.

Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 5 years ago

Thank you so much Lauren for the family. Now I got him.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

What a beauty! A Tenebrionid for sure.

Benno Ibold
Spotted by
Benno Ibold

Kunene Region, Namibia

Spotted on Jul 14, 2014
Submitted on Aug 2, 2014

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