What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  The Bumpy Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Surprise, Arizona
Date: 07/17/2019
Time: 01:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this guy walking across a sheet I use to protect plants from the Arizona sun. I have never seen one like it in our yard (and we have a variety of insects).
How you want your letter signed:  Alison

Desert Ironclad Beetle

Dear Alison,
We believe we have correctly identified this Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae as a Desert Ironclad Beetle,
Asbolus verrucosus, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “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.”  The species is also pictured on Arizona Beetles Bugs Birds and more.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Surprise, Arizona

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