African Jewel Beetle
|Geographical Range||Central Africa|
|Habitat||Forests to scrublands|
|Scientific Name||Pachnoda sp.|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
These brightly colored beetles are common in equatorial Africa. Some members of this genus are serious crop pests, eating sorghum and cotton. Adults eat flowers and rotting fruit, whereas the larvae dine on rotting leaves, wood and other natural debris. Their striking colors warn attackers that the beetles give off a foul-smelling liquid when disturbed.