WARNING: THESE ARE NOT FOOD FOR PEOPLE OR ANIMALS
One beetle per order (0.5 to 1.0" long)
They play dead very well, they up to a half hour; they are not dead! Also known as the Ironclad beetle in the Southwest states, they are very easy to care for and can live a very long time with care.
Care and Storage:
To keep them lively as long as possible, they must be kept very dry. Feed them recently deceased feeder mealworms and crickets, or Repashy Morning Wood. You can also use insect jelly for hydration.
Place in a tank with dry sand a few inches deep; 10% coco fiber can be added to the sand. They need very low humidity kept between 70 to 74°. They like rocks and cactus to climb on and hide.
Q. Why is my blue beetle black in color?
A: Blue Death Feigning beetles have a waxy coating that appears blue in normal, dry conditions. When your beetle looks black, they are too damp or have an oily substance on them (e.g. hand lotion). Keep them in an open-topped enclosure and warm with good air circulation to return the blue coloration. Always handle with dry, clean hands.
Q. What species are these?
A: They are Asbolus verrucosus
Q. How do I tell which are male and female?
A: The males are a tiny bit smaller than the females and have tiny red hairs on their antennae that the females do not.