National Insect Week returns in 2020
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!