Animals Invertebrates

Animals Invertebrates

Sunburst Diving Beetle


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Thermonectus marmoratus
PROFILE:

Check out the cylindrical tank inside Bug U! Do you see anything swimming in it? You might catch a glimpse of the black and yellow sunburst diving beetles! These water beetles resemble a miniature turtle; they have a similar body shape for a similar function, diving and quick swimming! While you watch them in their tank, look for their air supplies. They take small bubbles of air from the surface of the water with them as they dive!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Arthropod, insect, Coleoptera (beetles)
NATIVE TO:
southwestern United States and northern Mexico; native to Texas
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Not listed by IUCN
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
Up to 3 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Unknown in the wild
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