The Beetle that Plays Possum

I was cutting firewood yesterday and ran across a weevil on that was resting in a cut in the wood.  Since it had some interesting colors I collected it in a jar to photograph later.   When I captured the creature I wondered if  I had killed it.

It just seemed to lie there motionless.   After half a minute or so it came back to life and started to move around again.  When I touched it the beetle would go motionless again, then when it was not bothered for a while it would move around.

I have seen this before in another weevil.  I have heard that mourning cloak butterflies do this as well.

Here it is crawling on my arm.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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