A resemblance to moss, lichens and fungi made for fantastic cover by a new genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle described by emeritus professor of integrative biology George Poinar Jr.
“If you can’t beat your enemies or run away, then hide, and that is what this Cretaceous beetle is doing,” said Poinar. “He is hiding under a spectacular camouflage of his own making, allowing him to blend into a mossy background.”
Poinar, an international expert in using plant and animal life forms preserved in amber to learn more about the biology and ecology of the distant past, and collaborator Fernando Vega of the U.S. Department of Agriculture named the male specimen Stegastochlidus saraemcheana. They placed the specimen, found in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber, in the subfamily Colydiinae in the family Zopheridae.