Rainbow Scarab Beetle
There’s colorful and then there’s phanaeus vindex
Scientific name: Phanaeus vindex
Habitat: North America
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.