|Geographical Range||Eastern United States and adjacent areas of Canada|
|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.