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.

Location: Surprise, Arizona

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