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Photo#9361
Darkling beetle exhibiting headstand defense posture - Eleodes armata

Darkling beetle exhibiting headstand defense posture - Eleodes armata
Indian Gorge, Anza Borrego State Park, Anza Borrego Desert, San Diego County, California, USA
July 10, 2004
This beetle was wandering the desert floor at night. When approached closely, it did its headstand. Some noxious chemicals are released but they are barely noticable to my nose!

Moved

E. armatus
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