Predacious Diving Beetle
Larvae knon as "Water Tigers"
This little beetle was sitting on the top of my car at Bear River MBR. My first thought
was that it was a Water Scavenger Beetle but then its body reminded me of a cockroach's.
I took a few pictures while I pondered and then looked closely at the legs and antennae
and knew it couldn't be a cockroach. After much speculation the last couple
of days, I've come to the conclusion that it's a Predacious Diving Beetle because
Water Scavenger Beetles have short, clubbed antennae.
Anyway, it squirmed around a lot like a fish out of water and when I tried to stand
above it on the frame of my car for a better shot, it took off. You can read more
about these predatory beetles here on Wikipedia. © Carol Davis 4-3-2016
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