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Asbolus laevis- the smooth death feigning beetle, and Cryptoglossa muricata- the muricate death-feigning beetle.
Both are named for their shell textures- 'Laevis' means 'Smooth', whilst 'Muricata' means 'covered in small sharp points', a reference to the somewhat spiny texture of the shell.
This genus mimics eleodes with its shiny black appearance. found mostly on Cylindropuntia or opuntia. Like most longhorns, these stridulate when held. Males are more elongate, with a body-shape similar to eleodes armata, the desert stink-beetle.
(the big shiny ones) These- like all coelocnemis species- are mimics of the genus Eleodes, but cannot spray a defensive liquid, they instead drop a very strong smelling fecal pellet. their golden feet easily distinguishes them from eleodes. Larvae have a powerful bite, and can draw blood easily.
The powerful shell of this species allows it to easily survive when hikers step on them. breeding is difficult but not impossible. the larvae are predaceous, with powerful mandibles. Their host tree is Platanus racemosa, the california sycamore, within the loose outer cork-like bark.
Like all blister beetles, this genus is a parasitoid of orhoptera, this species targets solitary nesting bees and wasps and can be found all over the desert floor in spring. they're often seen coated heavily with so much pollen they appear to be yellow or white at times.
If there is another post about this then I apologize, but I looked around and couldn't find anything that would really help me. So a week or two ago I put a couple baby carrots in with my mealworms. They're just in the default container, plastic one about 5 inches in diameter, from...
These large beetles were abundant under large pieces of cover, mostly human rubbish like sheets of metal or wood.
As yet I haven't tried to ID them, but they are quite large, well over an inch long in the body with long legs. My wife caught one and put it in a tub but it made so much noise we...