Contact: Bruce Robertson
Michigan State University
Caption: Hydrochara caraboides, a species of diving beetle that is attracted to lay its egg on cars, especially red ones. Vehicles are very strong polarizers of light. The coating of the eggs is acidic and eats away the surface of the car's paint. This occurs worldwide.
Credit: Gyorgy Kriska
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