Taxi-cab Beetle

Pachnoda peregrina

This variegated yellow-trimmed beetle often feeds in groups, and perhaps then does look like a fleet of taxicabs jockeying for position. Eggs hatch into pale soft-bodied grubs that feed in compost and dung, and then pupate inside small earthen cocoons. The taxicab and yellow-bellied beetle belong to the same genus.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 6 to 8 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Decomposer
habitatHabitat: Rainforest
dietDiet: Ripe fruit and tree sap