|Image: Dr. Arthur Anker|
It's like tree-hugging taken to the next level. Only with more tree-corpse.
Violin Beetles are five Southeast Asian beetles in the genus Mormolyce. They get their common name from looking utterly bizarre. They craned their neck and put a tiny head at the end. Then their wing cases went mad such that they take up a ridiculous amount of space for no apparent reason, like an unreasonably massive dress.
It still looks like a strong gust of wind could send them gliding off somewhere. In reality they are flattened to fit between the shelves of bracket fungi or under bark. In these dark places, they do their killing.
Mormolyce are named after Mormo, a kind of Greek bogey-woman who decided she wanted to bite and/or kill children in order to provide parents a well-needed death threat against their offspring.
Violin Beetles like to bite and eat, too. They do it to invertebrates. Those that interfere with the Violin Beetle's terrible plans may find themselves sprayed with butyric acid. Apparently it can paralyze your hand for a day! Thus incapacitated, the Violin can kill at leisure.
I think I know their favourite song...