Golden Scarab Beetle (Chrysina resplendens) - ROM2003_837_5


Golden Scarab Beetle (Chrysina resplendens)

Place Collected
North America, Central America, Costa Rica, Puntarenas, Monteverde, Monteverde Biological Reserve, 1° cloud forest, 10°18'0"N, 84°48'0"W, 1570m
Date: February 20-March 20, 1988
length=25; width=10 mm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • Kingdom: Animalia
    • Phylum: Arthropoda
    • Class: Insecta
    • Order: Coleoptera
    • Family: Scarabaeidae
    • Genus: Chrysina
    • SpecificEpithet: resplendens
Object number: ROME84077DUP
Not on view
DescriptionThere are approximately 30,000 species of scarab beetles known to science (approximately 1,200 species in North America). The Golden (or Jewel) Scarab is one of the most highly prized among collectors. Native to Central America, this specimen was collected in Costa Rica with the aid of an ultra-violet light. Scientists believe that its golden metallic colour is due to the microscopic structure of its exoskeleton (its external skeleton) and the way it reflects light. Other members of this genus are bright green, or green and silver in colour. Some entomologists believe that these brilliant metallic colours help these beetles blend in with the colourful tropical flowers in their habitat and thereby lessen the possibility of their being detected by predators. Scarab beetles feed on a variety of foods; one group’s diet is restricted to animal dung.
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