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Species Asbolus verrucosus

Asbolus verrucosus Omorgus Beetle? - Asbolus verrucosus Darkling Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Asbolus verrucosus (Desert Ironclad Beetle) - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Desert Ironclad Beetle - Asbolus verrucosus Asbolus verrucosus? - Asbolus verrucosus Asbolus verrucosus
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'
18-21 mm(1)
sw US (CA to UT & NM) & adjacent Mexico(2)
coarse-grained sandy soils of the Colorado and Mohave Deserts(1)
When startled, the beetle will fall over and feign death with legs up in the air, and become extremely rigid. After a while will begin moving and right itself.
Increasingly popular in pet trade
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.
2.Catalogue of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of North America
Yves Bousquet, Donald B. Thomas, Patrice Bouchard, Aaron D. Smith, Rolf L. Aalbu, M. Andrew Johnston, Warren E. Steiner Jr. 2018. ZooKeys 728: 1-455.