All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Desert Stink Beetle</strong>
<em>Eleodes</em> sp.
This beetle was eating a dead Joshua Tree flower on the side of the road when I found it. A few years ago on a trip to New Mexico my husband found out the hard way what these beetles do if har...
Desert Stink Beetle
Eleodes sp.
This beetle was eating a dead Joshua Tree flower on the side of the road when I found it. A few years ago on a trip to New Mexico my husband found out the hard way what these beetles do if harassed. It sprayed a nasty-smelling liquid on him. That's where the name "stink beetle" comes from! The beetles practically do a headstand to warn off potential predators, squirting the smelling liquid is a last resort.

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