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Subject: Coleoptera in Namibia
Location: Namibia
February 1, 2015 4:11 am
This insect was in the namib desert in Namibia :
https://goo.gl/maps/2OQMc
Would it be called the tok tokkie beetle ? What is the scientific name ?
Signature:  A Traveler

Tok-Tokkie

Tok-Tokkie

Dear A Traveler,
According to Beetles in the Bush:  “‘Tok-tokkie’ refers not to a particular genus or tribe of tenebrionids, but rather a number of flightless species that have developed a unique “tapping” method of communication between males and females.  The name “tok-tokkie” is onomatopoeic, referring to the sound these beetles make when they tap their abdomen on the ground.  In the same way that fireflies have species-specific patterns of flashes, different species of tok-tokkies tap with differing frequencies.  The beetle makes the noise by raising its abdomen and then bringing it down on the surface of the ground several times in quick succession.  Males initiate the tapping and await a response from a receptive female.  Signals are exchanged back and forth until, eventually, the two locate each other and mate.  Females lay eggs in shallow excavations in the dry, sandy soil, and the larvae that hatch feed within the soil on the roots of small plants.”
  Your individual is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, so the name Tok-Tokkie is appropriate.  We cannot say for certain the exact species.

Two other images you submitted are also flightless Tenebrionids, so they can also be called Tok-Tokkies.

Tok-Tokkie

Tok-Tokkie

Subject: Coleoptera in Namibia
Location: Namibia
February 1, 2015 4:14 am
This insect was in the namib desert in Namibia :
https://goo.gl/maps/2OQMc
Thanks for your research !

Tok-Tokkie

Tok-Tokkie

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Namibia

One Response to Tok-Tokkies or Darkling Beetles from Namibia

  1. Stephen Bentley says:

    Yes, I have seen these Beetles in Namibia and like the way way they drink water at dawn before the sun gets ‘strong. condenses on their back..parked on a slope.

    I have been a World traveler through the years….

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