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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

Colorado Potato Beetle

The potato beetle is yet another little creepy-crawly who employs a defense tactic that you should only continue reading about if you do not happen to be eating right now. Basically, the larvae cover themselves in their own pooh which is poisonous due to the beetle's consumption of the nightshade plant. So basically this little guy covers himself in a poisonous pooh-shield, a tactic that we’re pretty sure that crazy guy on our block who argues with squirrels and carries around a pet microwave employs.

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