One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small convex beetle which is able to feign death by retracting its legs and contracting into a ball.
Family Byrrhidae: several genera
- ‘The Species Audit includes nationally threatened species such as the bittern, along with those of regional significance such as the mire pill beetle.’
- ‘Most species retract their legs and antennae into ventral recesses and become motionless when disturbed, leading to the common name of pill beetle.’
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