Green Scarab Beetle Facts You’ll Never Forget

Get to know about this beetle by reading these Green Scarab Beetle facts.

The Green Scarab beetle is scientifically known as Diphucephala colaspidoides. These are mostly found in southern Australia. These beetles are metallic green, black, blue, purple, golden, and bronze in color. The food of the beetle includes carrion, dung, feather, and skin as in the decomposed parts. The food of the larvae differs, they eat plants and leaves. The habitat areas include grasslands, forests, and sometimes deserts. These scarabs reproduce sexually and the male leaves after mating. The beetles in general, are considered to be pests as they damage plants. The beetle is also considered to be a symbolic creature in different traditions and there exist many interpretations about spotting them and seeing them in dreams. It is quite interesting to know about this beetle and if you like, read about the Christmas beetle and milkweed beetle too.

Green Scarab Beetle

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Carrion, dung, and flowers

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

0.2 lb (0.09 kg)

How long are they?

0.3 in (8 mm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

Metallic blue-green

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Habitat loss and beetle hunters

What is their conservation status?

Not Listed

Where you'll find them



Southern Australia





Scientific Name

Diphucephala colaspidoides





Green Scarab Beetle Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Green Scarab Beetle?

Green Scarab Beetles are beetle insects.

What class of animal does a Green Scarab Beetle belong to?

These species belong to the arthropod class.

How many Green Scarab Beetles are there in the world?

There has been no specific number of Green Scarab Beetles recorded in the world yet.

Where does a Green Scarab Beetle live?

These species are found in summer seasons in Southern Australia.  

What is a Green Scarab Beetle's habitat?

The green scarab beetle habitat includes grasslands and forests and sometimes deserts.

Who do Green Scarab Beetles live with?

In general, beetles and similar species are known to live in multi-generational colonies but not much is known about this particular species.

How long does a Green Scarab Beetle live?

While there is not much information available about Green Scarab beetle lifespan, it is believed that in general, adult beetles live for about 13-44 days.

How do they reproduce?

All the beetles reproduce sexually, an offspring is produced by the joining of male sperm and female eggs. The male is on the top with its antennae and front legs placed on the females' back. After mating is done, the male leaves the female, and the female lays the eggs alone. The feeding begins at the larvae stage of the beetle life cycle and the feeding is mostly based on skin, feathers of other animals, and carrion.

What is their conservation status?

These beetles are Not Listed.

Green Scarab Beetle Fun Facts

What do Green Scarab Beetles look like?

These species of beetles are small in size and there is a club at the end of each short and elbowed antennae and this is one of the identifying features of the scarab beetles. Some of the species of the scarabs are colored in metallic hues black, blue, purple, green, golden, or bronze, and have a red hue or streak on their elytra and thorax. Most of the adult beetles are oval in shape while some beetles are circular also. The larvae are circular and sluggish with well-developed head and thoracic legs.

The unique color and antennae are some of the recognizable features of this beetle.

How cute are they?

These species are considered cute because of their beautiful colors.

How do they communicate?

There is not a lot of information available about the communication of these scarabs but most beetles communicate through chemicals and thus, males find females through the scent. Some beetles also communicate through sounds by scraping parts of their mouth or rubbing their legs on their bodies. Some are also known to communicate through vibrations.

How big is a Green Scarab Beetle?

This insect is not a large one instead is a small insect and is around 0.31 in (8 mm) in length and their weight is around  0.21 lb (0.09 kg).

How fast can Green Scarab Beetles move?

The exact speed of this insect is unknown but is known to move fast because of its comparatively long legs.

How much does a Green Scarab Beetle weigh?

These beetles can weigh up to 0.21 lb (0.09 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There is no specific name for the male and female of the species.

What would you call a Green Scarab Beetle?

A baby of this insect is called larvae.

What do they eat?

The green scarab beetle diet includes the skin of dead animals and their feathers. They also feed on carrion and dung. The larvae of many species feed on roots, sap, and decaying wood.

Are they harmful?

Most of the scarabs are known to be pests as the larvae of these species feed on plant roots and adults eat the aerial parts of the plant.

Would they make a good pet?

Not much is known about this insect as pets but insects, in general, make great pets as they are low maintenance, cheap and some can be quiet ones only making hissing sounds. It is believed that these insects breed well in captivity. Scarab beetles are chosen because of their attractiveness and metallic colors. These insects can be kept in cheap plastic containers.

Did you know...

The scarab beetles are distinguished from other beetles due to their unusual antennae, each of which terminates in three flattened plates.

The most known or the best-known scarab beetles are dung beetles. These beetles are known to collect and eat the dung of other animals and store it by making dung balls as they are easier to carry.

The Rainbow scarab has metallic greens, blues, and reds and has black legs but the larva of these species have a white segmented body and has an orange facial patch.

The glorious scarab has two scientific names Plusiotis gloriosa and Chrysina gloriosa where Plusiotis means wealthy and Chrysina means gold in Greek. It has these names because the body of this glorious scarab resembles something of value.

The green Scarab beetle is also called the green metallic scarab beetle and the shiny green scarab beetles are called fig beetles or green June beetles.

The Figeater Beetle is sometimes mistaken for green June beetles and the June beetles are found in the eastern United States.

Some species are also known as plant-eating scarab beetles.

The jewel beetle and jewel green scarab beetle belong to different families.

The green scarab beetle adaptations include a hardened forewing called 'elytra'. These forewings protect the hind wings that are used for flying.

These can be spotted in your yards too.

Why are they so green?

The metallic green color of the beetle is created structurally which is caused by the reflection of circularly polarised light.

The symbolism of Green Scarab Beetles

The beetle is considered to be a spirit animal and there have been a lot of things associated with many meanings and symbolization. If you see a green beetle, it is believed that it is a symbol of prosperity and health. There are various other associations related to other beetles and how you see them, for instance, there is a different meaning if you see them in your dreams and it is also believed that if you see a red beetle, it symbolizes love, energy, and strong passion. Different traditions have different interpretations about various things related to beetles.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other arthropods including the Green June beetle, or stingless bees.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our rhino beetle coloring pages.



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