Dineutus carolinus, the Whirlgig beetle;
Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023
This identification is a bit of a guess at the specie level. Honestly, I don’t know Dineutus whirligig beetles all that well, and I didn’t exactly get super close for clear identification shots. Still, I wanted to represent Dineutus (and perhaps D. carolinus) on the feed. These tiny, active, aquatic beetles are commonly observed, but rarely are they clearly observed. They tend to swim around each other in masses quite rapidly, especially when a large, foreign object (such as a mammalian biped) moves closer.