Dynamics of the wax bloom of a seasonal Namib Desert tenebrionid, Cauricara phalangium (Coleoptera: Adesmiini)

The dynamics of the extracuticular was bloom in a ‘winter’ species of tenebrionid beetle, Cauricara phalangium, from the Namib Desert were monitored in the field and under laboratory conditions. The beetles possessed a full complement of the white wax material after adult emergence. The amount of this material on the integument declined towards the end of… (More)