updated 11:11 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014

"In fact, the larvae of thousands of species are probably squirming about somewhere on the planet at this very moment, all brandishing some creative form of poop protection"

The world is a mean, dangerous place when you're a slow-moving, soft-bodied beetle larva. But for some, all that hardship breeds invention. In the leaf beetle family, the larvae find safety under a protective shield of their own making ... and it's made of their own poop.

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