Monday, June 6, 2011

Beetle Identification

Noor found three Patent Leather Beetles a few nights ago. Once we identified them and discovered that they're easy to care for, she made them a habitat with rotting wood (their food source) and damp paper towels. They are amazing to watch and listen to.  Sometimes two of them will wrestle and the sounds they make, a sort of clicking, can be very loud. We learned that they can make 17 different sounds to communicate and that they live in colonies with some semblance of a social structure.

Noor also found a Potato bug and this really beautiful Red Oak Borer Beetle. Everyone seems okay living together.

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