Geographical Range Eastern United States and adjacent areas of Canada
Habitat Forests
Scientific Name Odontotaenius disjunctus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

The bess beetle is a talkative little insect. It can produce 14 distinct sounds! It communicates with other bess beetles by rubbing a ribbed part of its hind wing against a rough part of its abdomen.

If you don't like the name bess beetle, perhaps you'd want to call this insect by one of its other names: bess bugs, Betsy bugs, or patent leather beetles.