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Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)
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Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)

General: Whirligig beetles (Family Gyrinidae) are water beetles that live on the surface of the water, but can also dive. The name comes from their behavior of spinning rapidly in circles (whirling), especially when alarmed. It is thought that this behavior helps confuse predators. Whirligig beetles are social, so they usually are found in groups clustered on the surface of the water.

Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae) Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)
Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae) Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)
Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae) Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)
Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae) Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)

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