This little dude is a beetle named Ceratocanthus aeneus.
Not much is known about this species except for one fact: they roll into a perfectly nice, shiny ball as a defense mechanism.
I imagine the process goes down kinda like this:
"Oh crap! What's that noise?"
"I guess I better just put all my junk in here..."
"Yeah. I'm thinking this was a pretty good idea."
"Good. Now I look like a Poké Ball."
This is one beetle that will NOT be caught!
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