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Violin Beetle
Violin Beetle
Violin Beetle
Violin Beetle
Here is a wonderfully unusual beetle found living on huge rain forest trees! Nicknamed the 'violin beetle' or 'flat bark beetle' due to its shape and flat design, it hunts other insects and larvae that live around the trunks and bracket fungi of these trees. Loosely placed in the ground beetle family, the five known species are really a unique tribe that was probably a separate original kind. They can emit a noxious spray of butyric acid which is said to paralyze it's prey and even rumored to render a human hand immobile for many hours! Set in a small 'distressed' shadowbox frame with name and location. A must for any collection!

Species: Mormolyce phyllodes
Location: Java, Indonesia
Frame Size: 5 in. X 5 in.
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