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clown beetle
The common name of this insect is "clown beetle". How did it get that name?

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clown beetle

Pinacate beetles are often called Clown Beetles, because of their defensive posture. They look like they are standing on their head, looking clown-like. Actually, the beetle is warning you that it will defend itself by spraying a bad smelling fluid from its abdomen, which gives it its other common name, Stink Beetle.