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Urchin beetle (Prionotheca cornata) | by Kristian Bell
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Urchin beetle (Prionotheca cornata)

I'm reliably informed that despite raising their asses high in the air whenever they are startled as if they are about to shoot powerful acid at a would-be attacker, these beetles have in fact no defensive tricks and are fair game for the numerous lizards, birds and even snakes that share the desert with them.

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Uploaded on May 1, 2015