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Iron Clad Beetle (Zopherus haldemani)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Iron Clad Beetle, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 1/21/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

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.

Iron Clad Beetle Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 20 mm to 26 mm (0.78 inches to 1.014 inches)
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow
Additional Descriptors: speckled, flying, hard

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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