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Wonderful Wacky Water Critters

Whirligig Beetle

Whirligig Beetle

This beetle zips in wild patterns all around the surface of quiet water. When disturbed it dives to the bottom. It also protects itself by giving off a strong smell like apple seeds. Look at its unusual eyes. It seems to have four eyes, two above the water and two below the water. It really has two eyes that are split in half. Why do you think this would be a good adaptation? This beetle is a scavenger, which means it eats dead plants and animals. Though it prefers swimming, it can fly to a new home if the old one dries up. This beetle is harmless, so don't be afraid the next time you are around it.

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