Flamboyant Flower Beetle
|Geographical Range||Central Africa|
|Scientific Name||Eudicella gralli|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
These beetles were considered sacred by ancient Egyptians, who honored them both by using the beetles in jewelry and by including them in many folk tales. Scarab beetles come in many dazzling colors, including green, blue, black, or even gold.
There are more than 20,000 diverse species of insects in the scarab beetle family. They include: the sacred scarabs (like this species); the dung beetles, which roll animal droppings into balls and bury them; and the Goliath beetle, the heaviest insect in the world.