U.S. Military Looks to Beetles for New SensorsPublication: National Geographic News Date: March 14, 2003 View Article
Some like it hot. Some beetles like it smoking hot.
When a forest goes up in flames normally elusive Melanophila acuminata beetles from miles around head for the inferno in droves, joining a mating frenzy so that the females can lay their eggs in the freshly burned trees.
The beetles are attracted to the smoldering wood because the burned trees no longer have active defense mechanisms such as flowing sap.