Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Watering-Can Devil, or Latching Beetle
This giant beetle has a marvelous system of disguise. Over many centuries in England, overhearing villagers tell stories of garden devils of various kinds, it developed a hind end which resembles a cackling red devil. The beetle latches upside down onto the insides of watering-cans, its nose sucking up the water and its devilish rear scaring off anyone who happens by. In moist climates they’re a minor nuisance, but in arid lands they are one of the more pesky of garden pests.
Described by Elisabeth at 7:00 PM