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Rainbow Scarab Beetle


  • Scientific name: Phanaeus vindex
  • Habitat: North America


There’s colorful and then there’s phanaeus vindex

This scarab beetle shimmers and shines in the brightest metallics. Even their antennae are bright orange. On its head, it has a long black horn that it uses to fight other male rivals. You can see how it earned the name “rainbow scarab”. The rainbow scarab isn’t a pest - they’re actually very important for nature. It processes droppings and prevents flies from breeding.

Rainbow Scarab Beetle Rainbow Scarab Beetle - Photo: Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock

Rainbow Scarab Beetle Rainbow Scarab Beetle - Photo: eduard ionescu/Shutterstock


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