Adults are wingless and cannot fly. The elytra (wing covering) is fused at the midline to prevent desiccation. This species is lives and thrives in a desert habitat, so water preservation is worth the sacrifice. This insect is a scavenger of plant debris and can be found walking the ground looking for bits of plant matter to eat. Its larvae are also called false wireworms and can be found just below the surface nibbling on decaying plant matter. Adults are active from spring through autumn. During the day, they can be found hiding under rocks, wood or in abandoned rodent holes. At dusk, they start scrounging the area for food.