The extremely durable Ironclad Beetle prefers the dry heat of the Sonoran desert.
The exoskeleton of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick and hard, hence its name. It helps them retain water, a necessary ability for any creature living in a desert. The white beetle has line of black speckles that look like drops of paint running down the 'spine'. Robust legs are black. Ironclad beetles are nocturnal and will play dead if touched or disturbed. They are known to eat fungi though little else is known about their life cycle.
This beetle can be found meandering along the rocky, sandy turf of the chaparral and desert. A fellow member of this genus is considered 'living' jewelry in Mexico. They are decorated with small gems, glass beads and other ornamentation by jewelers and proudly displayed.
Scientific Name: Zopherus haldemani
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 26mm (0.78in to 1.01in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.