Coleoptera ( Malachius bipustulatus)

Coleoptera ( Malachius bipustulatus)

Observation - Coleoptera ( Malachius bipustulatus). Description: Quote Charlie Barns ....normally hidden balloonlike structures on the undersides of the prothorax and abdomen that expand like air bags. They are thought to be scent organs that produce odors to deter would-be predators (Introduction to California Bee

Quote Charlie Barns

....normally hidden balloonlike structures on the undersides of the prothorax and abdomen that expand like air bags. They are thought to be scent organs that produce odors to deter would-be predators" (Introduction to California Beetles, Evans & Hogue)

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Me, I thought mites when I first saw it with the naked eye. My thanks to Charlie for the enlightenment...