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Species Asbolus verrucosus

Darkling Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Asbolus verrucosus? - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad? - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Pimeliinae
Tribe Cryptoglossini
Genus Asbolus
Species verrucosus (Asbolus verrucosus)
Other Common Names
Desert Ironclad Beetle(1)
Blue Death-Feigning Beetle
Explanation of Names
Asbolus verrucosus LeConte 1851
verrucosus = 'warty'
Size
18-21 mm(1)
Range
CA-AZ-UT; Mexico(1)
Habitat
primarily inhabits the coarse-grained sandy soils of the Colorado and Mohave Deserts(1)
Remarks
When startled, the beetle will fall over and feign death with its legs up in the air, and its body will become extremely rigid. After a short time, once the beetle senses no danger, it will begin moving and right itself. (Butterfly Pavilion)
Increasingly popular in the pet trade
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.