Tricky beetle: Nymphister kronaueri

Tricky beetle: Nymphister kronaueri

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What a clever little beetle. Found in Costa Rica living amongst the ants, these tiny creatures live exclusively with a species of nomadic army ants. Since the ants travel and camp out for a few weeks before their next move, N. kronaueri needs to catch a ride. They do so by grabbing a hold of their host – as you can see, the beetle’s body is the precise size, shape and color of the abdomen of a worker ant, promising a safe journey free of other predators.

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