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Fire Beetles: Mythical and Otherwise

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss beetles associated with fire, including the myth surrounding European stag and current research on the hypersensitive infrared detection system of Melanophila jewel beetles.

Photo: The fire beetle’s infrared organ, located near the base of the middle legs, can detect heat radiation from a distance (New Scientist: Helmut Schmitz/Uni Bonn).

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