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Insect: Ground (Oogpister) Beetle

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arks
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Insect: Ground (Oogpister) Beetle

Unread post by arks » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:21 pm

Can someone help with an ID of this beetle? Seen in Mokala in late October 2012.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Ifubesi » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:38 pm

Hi Arks.
This is a type of Oogpister beatle (translation for oogpister: eye-shooter) :D. The name derives from its defense mechanism of spraying a burning liquid in the eyes of its attacker.
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