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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.

Did You Know?

The taxi-cab beetle is commonly known as sun beetle.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Pachnoda peregrina

Democratic Republic of Congo


6 to 8 months

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Ripe fruit and tree sap