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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.

side view of a Magnificent flower beetle

Did You Know?

Male and female are dimorphic. The female has a shiny surface texture, reflective prismatic coloration, and no horns. The male has horns and flat, velvety coloration

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Chelorrhina polyphemus

Central Africa

Tropical forest

Up to 6 months

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Sap, pollen, nectar, and fruit