Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Trogidae (Hide or Skin Beetles)

Hide Beetles used to be part of the Scarab family, but have been moved to their family in recent years. They have received their name from their habit of drawing in their legs when disturbed and laying very still, making them appear “hidden” in their surroundings. There are 300 species worldwide, 14 of them can be found in Wisconsin.

Trogidae is derived from the Greek word meaning “to gnaw.” They are found in carrion, feathers, and nests of small mammals.