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Top 15 Weirdest Insects in the World

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Rainbow Scarab Beetle

Facts

  • Scientific name: Phanaeus vindex
  • Habitat: North America

Appearance

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


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


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