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Blue Death Feigning Beetle

Asbolus verrucosus

Habitat: Lives in a desert environment

Range: Southwestern deserts, mainly the Sonoran desert

Natural Diet: Decaying vegetation

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)

 

Animal Facts

These beetles feign death when they are predated upon. Since they are native to desert habitats, their powdery blue color is due to a wax like substance secreted by their bodies that reduces the loss of moisture. Their bodies are black in color. These beetles turn black in color when they are wet. Blue death feigning beetles are active by night and they live in groups.

 

 

 

These beetles are endemic to the deserts in southwestern USA [Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons]

 

Distributional range in the USA

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