Darkling Beetle

Eleodes sp.

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.

Fun Fact:
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

Where’s Home:
Chaparral and coastal sage scrub, year-round