Beetles (three photos)
In the West we call these "stink bugs"
because when they
are bothered they put
their behinds in the air and emit a foul odor.
This little creature in Zion National Park was
not the least bit shy about exposing its bottom to the world.
a group of people around it getting quite a kick out of its
antics. © Carol Davis, 5-19-2008
Most predators avoid this bug but the
Grasshopper Mouse grabs this stinker and plants its behind in
the ground before it
can shoot its foul juices. Then lunch begins for the
Nature never ceases to
amaze! (There's a neat article here
on The National Wildlife Federation site that includes information on
mysterious animals, including the grasshopper
mouse.) This particular darkling beetle was on a
Antelope Island causeway. Food for Stinky includes both plant and
and can sometimes
include stored grain. © Carol Davis, 6-3-07
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