Emerald Scarab Beetle - ROM2003_837_15

ROM2003_837_15

Emerald Scarab Beetle

Place Collected
(Object)
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Asia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Vinh Phú, Tam Dao, western edge of town, 2 km along 1° forest trail
Date: May 4, 1996
Dimensions:
length=25; width=10 mm
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumArthropoda
    • ClassInsecta
    • OrderColeoptera
    • FamilyScarabaeidae
    • GenusRhomborhina
    • SpecificEpithetmellyi
Object number: ROME70834DUP
Not on view
DescriptionAmong the scarabs is a group of beetles known as flower beetles. Many of these beetles are brilliantly coloured such as the Emerald scarab. Like some species of birdwing butterflies, the Emerald scarab is one of a number of species of beetle that is being raised in captivity for commercial sale. This practice of “beetle farming” can help reduce the need for collecting specimens from wild populations and can provide a sustainable source of revenue for local indigenous communities that raise these beetles.
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