by Frank Sherwin, M.A.*
Recently scientists made a startling discovery in the world of insects. It involved a common beetle called the jewel beetle which is designed with the uncanny ability to detect flames of a forest fire perhaps 80 kilometers (approximately 50 miles) away.1 Not only that, but it can also hear the cracking of the wood and even sense combustion products in very small amounts using supersensitive receptors.
*Frank Sherwin is a zoologist and seminar speaker for ICR.
Cite this article: Sherwin, F. 2007. The Amazing Jewel Beetle. Acts & Facts. 36 (5).
Photo specimens by Arga, location at Kota Padang District, Rejang lebong regency, Rejang Land, Bengkulu province, Sumatra, Indonesia