Platerodrilus(Previously Duliticola) is a genus within Lycidae that are commonly referred to as Trilobite Beetles. The common name is derived from the appearance of the females (above), which remain in the larval form during adulthood, a process known as neoteny.
Trilobite beetles are usually found on the surface of rotting logs in lowland primary forest, where their diet is thought to consist of fungi, rotting plant matter and slime moulds. For such an interesting genus, very little is known about their life cycles and there has been minimal taxonomic work regarding the males of the species, which are illusive.
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- Tioman Island, Malaysia.
And now for something completely different: a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach giving birth.
What, you say? You thought cockroaches just laid eggs? Well, they do! Just… some species incubate their eggs - still within their eggsac- internally and then ‘birth’ them once they’ve hatched. (This is called being ovoviviparous).
It’s cool and gross and fascinating and not something most people ever get to see, so I got permission to share this great video my friend Cindi took of one of the collection cockroaches giving birth. I’ve tried to tag it as thoroughly as possible.
Mealworms: dry grainy farts. Dad farts
Superworms: dry smooth boys
Crickets: hell, corpses and trash milkshake
Locusts: tiny coffee beans
Dubia roaches: mild cat piss and sweat
Waxworms: bark and nuts
Silkworms: mulberry sewage
Butterworms: oranges, nice! Good boys
Blue bottle fly larvae: powdered milk and death
Fruit beetle larvae: soil, sin and vomit
Earthworms: organic. Natural. Healthy.
Springtails: bro how do you even
Isopods: eat all the bad smells, good boys