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Is that you who smells?

Is that you who smells?

Ugly Bug Wallpaper 2008

Genus species: Eleodes carbonarius, Order: Coleoptera (Darkling, Pinacate or Stink beetle) The stink beetle is found in the Sonoran Desert and surrounding regions in the western U.S. and Mexico. The name Pinacate is derived from the Aztec word ‘pinacatl’ and means black beetle. In defense against predators, the stink beetle will stand on its head and squirt a noxious spray from its abdomen. Some larger species can spray 10-20 inches! One of the 2008 Ugly Bug contestants.

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It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

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