Red Flat Bark Beetle, from Curious Critters

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David FitzSimmons
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Many people who work with timber have seen the larvae of the red flat bark beetle: cream-colored, flat, and about an inch long. If you saw one of these worm-like larvae, youed never know that in its adult stage it could be so stunning. If you look closely, youell see mites crawling on the back of this brilliant insect. In my childrenes picture book, I couldnet pass up the chance for a pun: each curious critter gets a chance to talk, and this one tells readers that the little arachnids on his back are ?mite-y? annoying!

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