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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.