Thursday, April 3, 2014

Creature Feature #166: Domino Beetle

The Domino Beetle is so named for the ten distinctive spots upon his back. He can be found across Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and the UAE, where he colonises desert scrubland and plains. Well adapted for a terrestrial existence, has has long, slender legs and strong eyesight to help him hunt for prey. If threatened, he can squirt jets of formic acid to burn the potential predator and also creating a foul aroma. Nocturnal in nature, he remains hidden away during the daylight hours. During the night he hunts for smaller invertebrates.

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