Friday Beetle Blogging: Pill Beetle

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Cytilus alternatus, Pennsylvania

This lovely little round insect is called a pill beetle.  Why is that, you ask?

Check this out:

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Retractile legs!

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through tracing paper

5 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: Pill Beetle”

  1. What a neat little guy. And all this time I thought that they were called pill beetles because of their bad attitudes! You know, “Don’t be such a….never mind.

    Clay

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  3. Hey, I didn’t know that is why they are called “pill beetles”. Interesting! I wonder if the beetle I photographed in Nicaragua last month was a pill beetle too. Its legs fit nicely in its underside as well.

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