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In your belly I'm cause for alarm,
But among friends I delight and charm.

With shimmering scales and all-seeing eyes
I rest at attention - who am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ @downvoter - your constructive criticism welcome, as this is only my second puzzle here! $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 12 '16 at 11:45
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I guess:

Butterfly

In your belly I'm cause for alarm,

Butterflies in the stomach-common idiom for anxiety

But among friends I delight and charm.

Another idiom- Social butterfly- A person who has many friends and acquaintances.

With shimmering scales and all-seeing eyes

Shimmering scales may refer to the wings of the butterfly which usually change their color. All seeing eyes- maybe the way it is searching for nectar..

Intended explanation: a butterfly's wings are covered with iridescent scales, and they have a very wide range of vision, thanks to their literal bug-eyes!

I rest at attention

Butterfly is always the centre of all attention

Intended explanation: Most butterflies rest with their wings upright ("at attention" - as opposed to moths, which typically lay flat).

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  • $\begingroup$ That's the one! but the only explanation that matches is the first - there's another common idiom, and for the rest, think about the biology.. $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 11 '16 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ What about now?? $\endgroup$ – Sid Jul 11 '16 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ Got the idiom! And the scales, basically - they are literally covered with tiny iridescent ones. I'll go ahead and accept, for the other two: this was the clue for the eyes, and this for "resting at attention". Hopefully I didn't make it too obscure knowledge, at least easily google-able :) $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 11 '16 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ cool, u can edit the answer... $\endgroup$ – Sid Jul 11 '16 at 16:56
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The answer is

hunger

In your belly it cause for alarm

when we are hungry it cause an alarm to kill the hunger

But among friend ,i delight and charm

when we are hungry we sat at the restaurant or dominos

With shimmering scales and all eyes seeing I rest at attention

when we with our friend at restaurant... And we make noise as we sip bear with food..then all peoples at restaurant see our act with all of their attention eyes...then our hunger gone or can say rest

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  • $\begingroup$ Creative! I like your explanations for the first two lines, but the answer I have in mind fits the second part more literally. $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 11 '16 at 14:33
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Are you

Pterois (Lionfish)

In your belly I'm cause for alarm,

They are very venomous

But among friends I delight and charm.

but they're very pretty.

With shimmering scales and all-seeing eyes

It's a scaly fish with huge sticking-out eyes

I rest at attention

Because of all the spines it kind of looks like it's saluting when at rest.

But perhaps I'm being too literal :p

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    $\begingroup$ Not the answer, but they are very pretty :) I will say you're right to take part of it literally. $\endgroup$ – user812786 Jul 11 '16 at 15:22

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