Subject: Purple beetle found at Machu Picchu
Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
March 3, 2016 6:59 pm
One of my friend encountered this beetle at Machu Picchu.
She would like to identify the insect.
The first picture is the one she took.
By googling extensively, I found only one picture of the beetle.
The second picture is the one I found. It was also taken at Machu Picchu. And, the photographer wrote it is scarab. Looking at the shape, I doubt is is a scarab.
Could you identify the beetle?
This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, not a Scarab Beetle. We located a matching image on Project Noah, but it is not identified beyond the family. Perhaps Cesar Crash of Insetologia will have additional information.
Thank you very much for your answer. I was surprised that you found this so soon. I was searching internet for hours and found just the scarab information.
Thank you, again.