Blue Death Feigning Beetle

Asbolus verrucosus

When threatened, the blue death feigning beetle rolls over on its back and plays dead. Predators, such as spiders, prefer live prey. The blue coloring comes from the wax secreted by the desert-dwelling beetle to create a protective shield against dehydration and overheating.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: Up to 8 years
ecological roleEcological Role: Decomposer and herbivore
habitatHabitat: Desert
dietDiet: Rotting plants and seeds


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