This may look like an average beetle you’d find scuttling around in the garden, but something makes it truly special.

The Cape diving beetle, known as Capelatus prykei in scientific circles, was recently discovered in the wetlands of Noordhoek and is completely unlike any other beetle found in South Africa – this creepy-crawly’s nearest relatives live as far away as New Guinea.

‘Evolutionary relic’ are the words being used to describe the beetle, as studies indicate that the small isolated population left in the south of Cape Town are remnants of a prehistoric era.

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