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  Water Scavenger Beetles

 

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These tiny bugs, that look like seeds moving about on the surface of a still water in Lumbini, are actually Water Scavenger Beetles, i.e.  a kind of beetle in the family Hydrophilidae.

 

A somewhat larger beetle of the same family, known in Thai as maeng tab tao or malaeng niang (fig.), is eaten as a snack in some parts of Thailand, especially in Isaan.

 

  Water Scavenger Beetles