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  • Iron Clad Beetle - (Zopherus haldemani)

    Iron Clad Beetle - (Zopherus haldemani)

    The extremely durable Ironclad Beetle prefers the dry heat of the Sonoran desert.

    Picture of Iron Clad Beetle
    Staff Writer (1/21/2014): The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are nocturnal and will play dead if touched or disturbed. They are very good at retaining water, which is a necessary skill when living in a desert. They are known to eat fungi though little else is known about their life cycle.

    A 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.

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    Iron Clad Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Iron Clad Beetle
    Scientific Name: Zopherus haldemani

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Zopheridae
           Genus: Zopherus
            Species: haldemani

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 26mm (0.79in to 1.02in)

    Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow

    Additional Descriptors: speckled, flying, hard

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Nevada; New Mexico; Texas; Utah; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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