Scarab encased in acrylic

Subject: Bug ID Request…
Location: New Zealand
June 22, 2016 11:51 pm
Hi Daniel, my daughter has a question for you…
Hi Daniel, my name is alice. I am six. can you please tell me what this bug is? Its body is just under 3.5cm long. It is encased in plastic. We live in New Zealand but don’t know where this bug came from.
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Signature: Alice and Stephen McLuckie

Scarab preserved in Lucite
Scarab preserved in Lucite

Dear Alice and Stephen,
Most of these lucite insect trinkets are made in Asia, and we presume they are using native insects to embed in the plastic.  The beetle is a Scarab Beetle and AliExpress has an identical example for sale on their site that is identified as a Chinese Green Scarab Beetle.

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