Tin-foil Beetle

Pretosia lewisi

The tin-foil beetle is most active in the afternoon when individuals congregate to feed on fallen fruit, often mating nearby. It has four color phases: metallic green, blue, bronze, and deep purple. Eggs are laid in the soil and the soft-bodied grubs feed on decomposing vegetation.

Fact File

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