Phanaeus vindex

Rainbow Scarab

Phanaeus vindex, Rainbow Scarab photo






Family: Scarabaeidae

Subfamily: Scarabaeinae

Length: 11-22 mm


Image of Phanaeus vindex, Rainbow ScarabThis species always attracts attention, with its metallic green elytra and the brassy pronotum with a rainbow sheen.

Pictured is at right is a minor male, which has a nub rather than a long, curving horn. Females have neither nub nor horn.

Major males have a pronotum that is noticeably more angular than that of the minor males and females.

Insects of West Virginia