Emerald Beetle

Smaragdestes orzini

Scarab beetles like the emerald beetle play an important role in many natural communities. Both the colorful hard-coated adult beetles and their pale soft-bodied larvae, called grubs, feed on and break down dead and decomposing plant matter. Thus, they help recycle nutrients.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 6 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Decomposer
habitatHabitat: Tropical scrubland
dietDiet: Rotting fruit