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Ironclad Beetle

Zopherus nodulosus


A black and white beetle about 3 cm long that was 2 meters up in a tree. The black spots are slightly raised as if splattered on by an artist. When disturbed, it pulls its legs in and pretends to be dead. This beetle is relatively rare. Family Zopheridae of the Tenebrionoidea.


Dry season, tree in the Ruins of Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Martin, I was so excited when I found it. It is truly inedible with chitin that is practically impenetrable.

MartinL 7 years ago

What a great beetle!
It looks like tough leather.
Who (what predator) would dare eat this?
No wonder beetles are so successful.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Added pictures.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you stho002, I had just finally found it!

stho002 7 years ago

Genus Zopherus (family ZOPHERIDAE)

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Spotted on Feb 14, 2014
Submitted on Feb 18, 2014

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