Glorious scarab beetle (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

1 September 2022

There are more than 30,000 beetles in the Scarab family (Scarabaeidae), most of them active only at night.

Screenshot of Scarab beetles at

The Glorious Scarab Beetle (Chrysina gloriosa) pictured at top was hiding underground when gardening unearthed it in its native US range of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.

Hidden gems include Beyer’s scarab which I saw in southeastern Arizona in 2015, described in this vintage article: Like a Jewel.

Beyer’s Scarab Beetle (Chrysina beyeri) at Carr Canyon, Arizona, 30 July 2015 (photo by Kate St. John)

In the eastern US we have beautiful scarab beetles in our own backyards.

Which scarab beetle is this? (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

But we don’t think they’re beautiful because they eat our roses.

Japanese beetle (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are scarabs.

(photos from Wikimedia Commons, and Kate St. John, click on the captions to see the originals)

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