Hister Beetles do not hiss or make noise. They are tiny scavengers that take advantage of their situation.
There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny black beetles can be found making homes anywhere and out of anything. They are so small that when they tuck their legs in under themselves, they can be mistaken for tiny black seeds. This could be a defense mechanism for them.
Some species of Hister Beetle live in trees, others in abandoned rodent burrows. Some species eat only fungi, while others eat anything they can find including animal dung and rotting produce. The family of Hister Beetles has been efficient at carving out a niche for each of its individual species, maximizing survival in each beetle's environment and circumstance.
Scientific Name: Acritus spp.
Other Name(s): Clown Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 10mm (0.04in to 0.39in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.