The Darkling beetle is the skunk of the beetle order. This jet-black, flightless beetle is often seen trudging across trails and over sandy terrain, plodding along unhurriedly right out in the open. If bothered, the beetle does a headstand, signaling that it’s ready to squirt a noxious substance onto an assailant. The spray is foul to the nose, and isn’t dangerous to people.
These beetles are also known as stink beetles for the way they stand on their heads and spray a terrible odor.
What’s for Lunch:
Bits of vegetation, plant remains, and fungi
Chaparral and coastal sage scrub, year-round