A Posse of Beetles

Beetles have been around for 270 million years, and live just about everywhere on the planet. They are so plentiful that one out of every four animals is a beetle. The smallest is practically microscopic and the largest can be up to six inches long. Most beetles live no more than one year. Beetles don’t see very well, so they communicate with each other using pheromones, sounds or vibrations. Some beetles are beneficial to crops and gardens, but others can be vicious pests. Lac beetle secretions are what make shellac, which has a myriad of uses, from wood sealant to candy coating and pre-vinyl records. Beetles come in extraordinary shapes and colors, many are beautiful, jewel-like, living sculptures.

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