Rainbow Scarab photos
Hello, I work for the US Forest Service. This insect blew in my car window as I was driving down the road yesterday, right outside the Silver Mines Recreation Area in southeast Missouri (outside Fredericktown). It took me most of the evening to identify it, finally, from one of your web pages. It’s beautiful. Here are three photos we took in the office. Sorry it’s dead, we were preparing to send it in to our University Extension office before we found your site.
We haven’t gotten a photo of this colorful Dung Beetle in quite a while. Your male Phanaeus vindex, whose sex is identified thanks to his long curved horn, is indeed beautiful. One would never guess that they are one of nature’s garbage collectors, burying animal dung as a larval food source.