What beetle is this, brown hard shell

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

I see these in my yard every now and then. It walks in jerky movements. It plays dead too when it senses danger. What is this insect? Locally, of course in slang, we call it as 'buffalo insect' for its tough and unattractive body.

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Minot, ND

It's a darkling beetle (family Tenebrionidae). See http://guaminsects.myspecies.info/sites/guaminsects.myspecies.info/files/images/darkling.JPG for a similar (but not identical) example.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Ok, Flapdoodle. Thanks. I was looking to add it to the database [Bug Files].

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