Sunday, February 26, 2017

ZooWeird 86

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.


Trilobite beetle. Platerodrilus is a genus of beetles of the family Lycidae. They commonly appear in the literature under the name Duliticola, which is an obsolete junior synonym. The females stay in the larval form and are about 40–80 mm in length. They have a flat dark body with large scales over the head, resembling trilobites—hence the informal names Trilobite beetleTrilobite larva, or “Sumatran Trilobite larva.” The males are much smaller, 8–9 mm, with a beetle-like appearance. Most are found in tropical rainforests, notably in India and Southeast Asia. (All animal info from Wikipedia!)

They’re prehistoric-looking, and
Their sex can be a little strange.
The males seem from another land
From that where all the females range.

But once they find each other, well,
When beetle beauty meets the beast,
Each ends up with a tale to tell—
But privacy is just the least

That we can do for them.

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