Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
Whirligig Beetles: Family Gyrinidae
- The ‘Whirligig Beetles’ comprise their own family, with hundreds of species found whirling about in circles on the surface of the quieter waters all around the world.
- They are in fact looking for dead insects, or ones that are trapped in the surface tension of the water.
- Their eyes are divided into two segments; one for looking above the water and one for below the surface (simultaneously).
- They can be seen in the quieter parts of creeks in the Daintree, and often end up in the pools of some of the rainforest lodges.
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide