Rainbow Scarab

Indeed, the Rainbow Scarab (Phanaeus vindex) was my best find on the First Wed outing. I found it at the very end of the outing. So she was just traveling along slowly. Most of the time I find the Rainbow Scarabs in a pile of poop. So since she was nowhere near a pile, I picked her up.

I knew she was a female because she lacked the horn of either the major and minor males. The Rainbow Scarabs are known as tunnelers. They will excavate under the pile of dung.
Here was what got me excited about this female. Look carefully and you can see the two bunches of bugs on either side in the greenish area. The two orange things in the darker part are the antennae.

A close up without the bugs.
So I brought her home for a closer investigation of the bugs. And by that time the bugs had crawled to her underside.

These and other species of dung beetles have been found to enrich clay soils by feeding on the dung. Thus dung beetles are important part of the ecosystem! And the Rainbow Scarabs are just so darn pretty!

A close up of the colors, bumps and ridges.

One last fact. If you should pick up a female, they will tuck in their legs and play dead. Just so cute. Some people even keep them as pets.

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