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This acid-spraying insect was NOT happy with me getting all up in his face for a photo. He did really well though, as long as I didn’t pick him up.
Many Acid Beetles have a temp of hundreds degrees that can burn holes in u’r skin!
Found this fellow hanging out in some wild grape vines porceline berry plants.
NE Kansas 9/1/10

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Comments

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 4 years ago

    whoa !!!! acidic little fellow … great image

  • I always call him the ‘Big Butt Of the Bug World’…just cause u want to avoid that location. :o)

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 4 years ago

    great insect! seem to be covered by freeze. lol. nice shot Carla

  • he watched me SOOO carefully! I’ve handled these before not knowing what they were? but….I know better then to do that now.

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    They LITERALLY spit acid?? Wow you were brave looking this close! I’ve never seen an insect with an expression before, but this one actually is giving you attitude!

  • they have an acid that can either get REALLY hot…or just REALLY acidic..that they squirt out the rear areas…some people get it without even realizing what they touched til the burns start blistering and such.
    I’ve only handled these a couple times before I knew what they were? Don’t play now…just photograph, glare back..and move on. :o)

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmerover 4 years ago

    This is fabulous! I never heard of such a thing!!! So if a person is innocently walking by and this bug gets annoyed….the person could get sprayed????I don’t think we’ve got them here….Anyway, he is a stunning creature!

  • I’ve read several cases of people getting severe burns from these guys! People who are camping or handling brush…out mowing…not always the nicest of critters…but some are just GORGEOUS!
    this guy? is just…hmm…angry? lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • jude walton
    jude waltonover 4 years ago

    What an expression!

  • can’t you just SEE the insult there? lol thanx Jude!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • yeahhhh thanx Ray for BOTH!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Helena Bolle
    Helena Bolleover 4 years ago

    Oh this is awesome!

  • :o) Thanx so much Helena…doesn’t he just seem cranky looking? lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Helena Bolle
    Helena Bolleover 4 years ago

    He really does! He’s almost a caricature!

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your well deserved feature, wonderful work!

  • thanx so much Andrea!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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