What Type of Beetle is this
Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 8:42 AM
This was found on my back decl in Northern Nevada a couple days ago. It has a hard body and looks like it walks high. The deck is open air but has a sun cover over it to block the sun and the bug was under the shaded part
Yerrington, Nevada USA

Acrobat Beetle

Stink Beetle or Acrobat Beetle

Hi Lisa,
This lumbering beetle is a Darkling Beetle in the genus Eleodes.  There are numerous species in the genus found in arid regions of the Southwest, and we are not skilled enough to differentiate the species from one another.  These beetles are commonly called Stink Beetles because they emit an odor as a defense mechanism.  Because of their habit of standing on their head with the rear end elevated when disturbed, they are also called Acrobat Beetles.

2 Responses to Stink Beetle

  1. DJ says:

    What do acrobat beetles eat??

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