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Darkling Beetle (?) by melvynyeo Darkling Beetle (?) by melvynyeo
This darkling beetle (?) looked almost black with naked eyes but when diffused with even lighting, it will shows its hidden "oil spill" colors. How beautiful! Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkling…
Darkling beetles are a family, Tenebrionidae, of beetles found worldwide, estimated at more than 20,000 species. Many of the beetles have black elytra, hence their common name. Apart from the 9 subfamilies listed here, the tribe Opatrini of the Tenebrioninae is sometimes considered a distinct family, and/or the Pimeliinae are included in the Tenebrioninae as a tribe Pimeliini.

Darkling beetles eat both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents, sun spiders, and lizards. Some species live in the dry Namib desert and have evolved modifications that help them collect water from the fog that condenses on their elytra.

The larval stages of several species are cultured as feeder insects for captive insectivores.
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canibal2014 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  New member
Maravillosa naturaleza.
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AoimePL Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
OMFG, AMAZING!
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arkarian101 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
When I was a child I was scared of insects, as I've gotten older I've learned to admire and even love them as their own species (whichever it may be). Your beautiful pictures have really helped widen my view on the lives and varieties of insects living with us on the planet, thank you!
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is the adult form of the mealworms that I feed my lizard. I had no idea they could be so colorful.
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love this! :heart:
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ringette-and-riding Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is so cool!!!
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SunnySpring Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing work! :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thank you! :)
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JeanneDeaux Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
It's an amazing shot you did here.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thank you! :)
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