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Duliticola by Dark-Raptor Duliticola by Dark-Raptor
Duliticola sp. aka "Trilobite beetle" (Coleoptera: Lycidae). Still huge mystery for scientists. Disovered in 19th century, only 2 species were discribed to this day. There are more, but they can't be ID without males. In most cases, only neotenic females are known and possible males, tottaly different, were placed in another genus.
...yup, and entomologists are still not sure what these beetles eat :)
This specimen was found in tropical forest in Kinabalu, Borneo.

D700, Nikkor Micro 60/2.8D, SB-800 and SB-900
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:iconvicissitudemarrow:
VicissitudeMarrow Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Photographer
Excellent composition on this! This insect is beautiful but in a disturbing way; almost demonic! But the photo is so beautiful that I keep looking.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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HelenBurg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!
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:iconrepare:
Repare Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Interesting creature indeed, even im not big fan of bugs, this one truly does have an marvellous colouring.
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I love it, I've never seen one ^^
I love it's colors :D
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Wow, fantastic!
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:iconfeldrand:
feldrand Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
in case you need a little contrast...
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:iconfeldrand:
feldrand Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
extremely cool creatures - i always had a faible for trilobites and the like - so this is very fascinating to see - thanx for sharing... :D
btw. i just saw this in someon's faves and HAD to look, haha... :D
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconfeldrand:
feldrand Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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:iconel-vaquero:
EL-Vaquero Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
this is an alien organic or sumething amazing~!
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:iconbuhobotija:
buhobotija Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
WOW!
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:iconirixian:
Irixian Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Writer
You could tell me that it's 12 feet long and I'd believe you ;)
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Immy-is-Thinking Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello :wave: I featured this here - [link] - hope thats Ok!:hug:
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:iconzuzbla:
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks prehistoric...
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:iconwestcpw:
westcpw Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
proves that the world is still awesome!
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:iconms20:
ms20 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
is that real?
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yup :)
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neosuduno Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Yes, that is real. They are not a very well known species, and none that I know of exist in captivity.
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:iconblackholeinajar:
BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Absolutely incredible! You gotta wonder what God was thinking when He made things like this.:XD:
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:iconneosuduno:
neosuduno Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
For every 10,000 boring bugs, there is one awesome on.
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:iconblackholeinajar:
BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I wouldn't say that. Even the normal, everyday bugs can look really cool if you look reeeeeeeeeal closely.
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:iconsebastianhaze:
sebastianhaze Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
thats awesome
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:iconserpentkingsaul:
SerpentKingSaul Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
that is freaking awesome!!!
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:iconzergmarex:
zergmarex Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WHAT is that thing? I have never seen anything like it, GREAT find
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:iconmegafluffy:
megafluffy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
gonna be pretty blunt here i like this bug
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:icontsuani-inushiro:
Tsuani-Inushiro Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
parece um ohmu que fez regime! XD
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:iconmazoq:
Mazoq Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wygląda toto jak larwa biedronki, która się zatrzymała w połowie przepoczwarzania.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
W zasadzie dobre porównanie, choć obie rodziny chrząszczy są dość odlegle spokrewnione. Natomiast ubarwienie jest wybitnie ostrzegawcze.
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Mazoq Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Właśnie zarówno struktura pancerza jak i ubarwienie mi się skojarzyło. Ciekawe z tymi samcami, może partenogeneza?

Takie info właśnie znalazłam pod podobnym zdjęciem: "Female Trilobite Beetle (Duliticola sp.) - Lycidae. Female remains in larval form when mature." ha, czyli po części dobrze trafiłam :D
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
W opisie wspomniałem, że u nich występuje neotenia. Samice nie osiągają postaci dojrzałej, ale mają zdolność rozrodu w postaci larwalnej. W naszej faunie podobnie dzieje się ze świetlikami, których samice też tak się zachowują ( z resztą obie rodziny chrząszczy są ze sobą spokrewnione).
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Mazoq Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ach, faktycznie :) no ciekawy przypadek. Kto by pomyślał, że robactwo może być takie fascynujące...
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pipedreamdragon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Things I don't want in my pants #327
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jankisminimus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the illusive"Devil Worm"!! Lol. That thing is creepy as hell.
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:iconchinopisces:
chinopisces Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Beautiful.
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:iconoceanum-mma:
Oceanum-MMA Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great insect!
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Blackjack-Davie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that is fantastic! love the contrast and clarity. you really captured the detail on this thing. L<3ve it!
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:iconboron:
boron Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy crap! This thing lives on the same planet I do. I want one (if it is saddle broken).
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MantideReligiosa8 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How strange... :eager:
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FrostbiTe17 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist
thats not a picture
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Tig2011 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
never see before
niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice
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sketchabee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
wow.. before clicking I thought, is that a real bug? Sure enough!! Looks like it bites...
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:iconcholmers:
Cholmers Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Never seen this before, too cool!
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:iconsasyazuzu:
sasyazuzu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student
Oh cool! U found this in KK? I didn't even know this existed.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
I found them in Kinabalu National Park. These beetles prefer mountains than low-lands.
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:iconbhorren:
Bhorren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
That looks awesome :D
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4bbylynn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
not ganna lie....at 1st i thought that was a cintaped and i was about to flip out shit crazy!!
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
That's such a cool instect...
You must've been either really lucky, or you've been searching for quite a while in the right place ^^
Either way, nice shot mate!
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TheNR2M Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:O.....SCARY :o
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JOCAPS Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
magnifiscient
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