Sunburst Diving Beetle
|Geographical Range||Southwestern United States, Mexico|
|Scientific Name||Thermonectus marmoratus|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
These beautiful little water beetles from the southwest United States look like a living fireworks display. Their golden spots warn predators that they can protect themselves by releasing a nasty-tasting chemical. Sunburst diving beetles make their home in quiet pools, where they are natural "scuba divers." They stay under water for several minutes at a time, breathing with the help of a tiny bubble of air that they collect at the water's surface.