Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Immortal Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

With a name already as hyperbolic as "Diabolical Ironclad Beetle", the addition of the adjective "Immortal" to its name may seem superfluous.

But it's been over a year since I made a captive of the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle that one of my students found outside our classroom door.

In that time it has thrived on a diet consisting merely of sliced baby carrots (new ones thrown in once every few weeks). I have cleaned its jar exactly once. It is by far the easiest and hardiest pet I have ever had.

So, to all the past, present, and future little kids of the world who would capture bugs, put them in a glass jar, and throw some grass in there, only to have them die within hours or days, I say:

Eat your heart out, suckaz!

¡Viva El Escarabajo Blindado Diab√≥lico!

(Further info: See my Orange County Organisms post on Phloedes diabolicum.)


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David D. said...

Not only does this insect have THE most amazing name of any insects, its ability to live up to its namesake is also delightfully astounding.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't know people keep this type of beetle as a pet! Well, time to go back outside and look for Frank again. :D