Magnificent Flower Beetle

Chelorrhina polyphemus

A colorful scarab, the magnificent flower beetle visits flowers to eat nectar and pollen. It also feeds on ripe or rotting fruit.  Males are larger than females and bear forked horns used in shoving matches with other males to protect their claim to food or a mate.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Up to 6 mos
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore and pollinator
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest
dietDiet: Sap, pollen, nectar, and fruit