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Banded pill beetle

Byrrhus fasciatus - (family Byrrhidae)

This pill beetle is one of the very few insects that eats moss. It is a slow-moving beetle but it has an effective defence from attack: it can withdraw its legs and antennae into special grooves on the underside of its body, making it difficult for a predator to get a grip. When it is folded up in this way, it can also be difficult for predators to find because it looks like a rabbit dropping!

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Parasitoids & parasites

A parasitoid lives within a host and ultimately kills or sterilises it, a parasite simply lives off its host's resources.

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