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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.

Birds eye view of emerald beetle

Did You Know?

The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis or EAB) is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 30 states.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Smaragdestes orzini

North America

Tropical scrubland

6 months

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Rotting fruit