Blue death feigning beetle

When threatened, the blue death feigning beetle rolls over on its back and plays dead. These beetles secrete wax to create a protective shield against dehydration and overheating.

Fast Fact

  • The blue death feigning beetle’s diet consists of rotting vegetation and seeds. 
  • The blue color of the beetle comes from the wax it secretes.
  • These beetles go through complete metamorphosis. 

Scientific name

Asbolus verrucosus
Range  Southwestern United States
Conservation status Not listed
Diet Herbivore
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