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Jewel Scarab Beetle (Chrysina)

The jewel scarabs are a genus belonging to the family of scarab beetles. They are known for their iridescent exteriors and are a separate species from the jewel beetles. 

Jewel Scarab Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Chrysina adelaida
  • Chrysina adolphi
  • Chrysina alexae
  • Chrysina alfredolaui
  • Chrysina alphabarrerai
  • Chrysina amalia
  • Chrysina antonkozlovi
  • Chrysina arellanoi
  • Chrysina argenteola
  • Chrysina aurigans
  • Chrysina aurilisternum
  • Chrysina auripes
  • Chrysina aurofoveata
  • Chrysina auropunctata
  • Chrysina aurora
  • Chrysina badeni
  • Chrysina baileyana
  • Chrysina batesi
  • Chrysina beckeri
  • Chrysina benesi
  • Chrysina beraudi
  • Beyer’s Scarab Beetle (Chrysina beyeri)
  • Chrysina blackalleri
  • Chrysina boucardi
  • Chrysina brevis
  • Chrysina bruyeai
  • Chrysina cavei
  • Chrysina centralis
  • Chrysina chalcothea
  • Chrysina chimalapensis
  • Chrysina chloreis
  • Chrysina chrysargyrea
  • Chrysina chrysopedila
  • Chrysina citlaltepetlamayatli
  • Chrysina clavellina
  • Chrysina clypealis
  • Chrysina colima
  • Chrysina confusa
  • Chrysina costata
  • Chrysina crassimargo
  • Chrysina cunninghami
  • Chrysina cupreomarginata
  • Chrysina curoei
  • Chrysina cusuquensis
  • Chrysina dianae
  • Chrysina difficilis
  • Chrysina diversa
  • Chrysina donthomasi
  • Chrysina dzidorhum
  • Chrysina ericsmithi
  • Chrysina erubescens
  • Chrysina expansa
  • Chrysina eyai
  • Chrysina falcifera
  • Chrysina flohri
  • Chrysina gaitalica
  • Chrysina galbina
  • Chrysina giesberti
  • Glorious Beetle (Chrysina gloriosa)
  • Chrysina gorda
  • Chrysina guatemalensis
  • Chrysina guaymi
  • Chrysina halffteri
  • Chrysina hawksi
  • Chrysina howdenorum
  • Chrysina intermedia
  • Chrysina juxtaprasina
  • Chrysina kalinini
  • Chrysina karschi
  • Chrysina lacordairei
  • Chrysina laniventris
  • Leconte’s chrysina (Chrysina lecontei)
  • Chrysina limbata
  • Chrysina luteomarginata
  • Chrysina macropus
  • Chrysina magnistriata
  • Chrysina maishei
  • Chrysina marginata
  • Chrysina miguelangeli
  • Chrysina misteca
  • Chrysina modesta
  • Chrysina moroni
  • Chrysina nogueirai
  • Chrysina ofidiodontophallica
  • Chrysina optima
  • Chrysina oreicola
  • Chrysina orizabae
  • Chrysina pastori
  • Chrysina paulseni
  • Chrysina pehlkei
  • Chrysina peruviana
  • Chrysina plusiotina
  • Chrysina porioni
  • Chrysina prasina
  • Chrysina pricei
  • Chrysina prototelica
  • Chrysina psittacina
  • Chrysina purpurata
  • Chrysina purulhensis
  • Chrysina quetzalcoatli
  • Chrysina quiche
  • Chrysina ratcliffei
  • Chrysina resplendens
  • Chrysina robackeri
  • Chrysina rodriguezi
  • Chrysina sagacita
  • Chrysina sallaei
  • Chrysina schusteri
  • Chrysina sirenicola
  • Chrysina spectabilis
  • Chrysina strasseni
  • Chrysina tapantina
  • Chrysina taylori
  • Chrysina tecunumani
  • Chrysina terroni
  • Chrysina transvolcanica
  • Chrysina tricolor
  • Chrysina triumphalis
  • Chrysina tuerckheimi
  • Chrysina valentini
  • Chrysina veraguana
  • Chrysina victorina
  • Chrysina wolfi
  • Wood’s Jewel Scarab (Chrysina woodi)
  • Chrysina woodruffi
  • Chrysina xalixteca
  • Chrysina zapoteca

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.59–1.38 in (1.5–3.5 cm)

Color: Bright green is the most common coloration among all the species, but metallic tinges of gold and silver are observed as well such as in Chrysina aurigans.

Other Characteristic Features: Their exoskeleton is capable of reflecting light, giving them a shiny appearance.

Chrysina

Larva

The larva of these beetles is white.

Pupa

After maturing they pupate, but the mortality rate of this stage is extremely high.

Egg

Eggs are laid on rotting wood, which later acts as a food source for the hatching larvae.

Quick Facts

Lifespan3 months
DistributionThe southwestern United States to some parts of South America, such as Ecuador and Venezuela
HabitatJuniper, pine, or pine-oak forests
PredatorsNot recorded
Seasons activeRainy season
Host PlantsRotting wood
Diet of adultsFoliage from juniper, oak, and pine trees
Jewel Scarab Beetle Image

 

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

Jewel scarabs do not cause any significant damage.

Jewel Scarab Beetle Picture

Did You Know

  • These beetles are extremely popular among collectors, with some rare color variants fetching prices of up to $500.

Image Source: live.staticflickr.com, content.invisioncic.com, bugguide.net, arthurevans.files.wordpress.com

The jewel scarabs are a genus belonging to the family of scarab beetles. They are known for their iridescent exteriors and are a separate species from the jewel beetles. 

Jewel Scarab Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Chrysina adelaida
  • Chrysina adolphi
  • Chrysina alexae
  • Chrysina alfredolaui
  • Chrysina alphabarrerai
  • Chrysina amalia
  • Chrysina antonkozlovi
  • Chrysina arellanoi
  • Chrysina argenteola
  • Chrysina aurigans
  • Chrysina aurilisternum
  • Chrysina auripes
  • Chrysina aurofoveata
  • Chrysina auropunctata
  • Chrysina aurora
  • Chrysina badeni
  • Chrysina baileyana
  • Chrysina batesi
  • Chrysina beckeri
  • Chrysina benesi
  • Chrysina beraudi
  • Beyer’s Scarab Beetle (Chrysina beyeri)
  • Chrysina blackalleri
  • Chrysina boucardi
  • Chrysina brevis
  • Chrysina bruyeai
  • Chrysina cavei
  • Chrysina centralis
  • Chrysina chalcothea
  • Chrysina chimalapensis
  • Chrysina chloreis
  • Chrysina chrysargyrea
  • Chrysina chrysopedila
  • Chrysina citlaltepetlamayatli
  • Chrysina clavellina
  • Chrysina clypealis
  • Chrysina colima
  • Chrysina confusa
  • Chrysina costata
  • Chrysina crassimargo
  • Chrysina cunninghami
  • Chrysina cupreomarginata
  • Chrysina curoei
  • Chrysina cusuquensis
  • Chrysina dianae
  • Chrysina difficilis
  • Chrysina diversa
  • Chrysina donthomasi
  • Chrysina dzidorhum
  • Chrysina ericsmithi
  • Chrysina erubescens
  • Chrysina expansa
  • Chrysina eyai
  • Chrysina falcifera
  • Chrysina flohri
  • Chrysina gaitalica
  • Chrysina galbina
  • Chrysina giesberti
  • Glorious Beetle (Chrysina gloriosa)
  • Chrysina gorda
  • Chrysina guatemalensis
  • Chrysina guaymi
  • Chrysina halffteri
  • Chrysina hawksi
  • Chrysina howdenorum
  • Chrysina intermedia
  • Chrysina juxtaprasina
  • Chrysina kalinini
  • Chrysina karschi
  • Chrysina lacordairei
  • Chrysina laniventris
  • Leconte’s chrysina (Chrysina lecontei)
  • Chrysina limbata
  • Chrysina luteomarginata
  • Chrysina macropus
  • Chrysina magnistriata
  • Chrysina maishei
  • Chrysina marginata
  • Chrysina miguelangeli
  • Chrysina misteca
  • Chrysina modesta
  • Chrysina moroni
  • Chrysina nogueirai
  • Chrysina ofidiodontophallica
  • Chrysina optima
  • Chrysina oreicola
  • Chrysina orizabae
  • Chrysina pastori
  • Chrysina paulseni
  • Chrysina pehlkei
  • Chrysina peruviana
  • Chrysina plusiotina
  • Chrysina porioni
  • Chrysina prasina
  • Chrysina pricei
  • Chrysina prototelica
  • Chrysina psittacina
  • Chrysina purpurata
  • Chrysina purulhensis
  • Chrysina quetzalcoatli
  • Chrysina quiche
  • Chrysina ratcliffei
  • Chrysina resplendens
  • Chrysina robackeri
  • Chrysina rodriguezi
  • Chrysina sagacita
  • Chrysina sallaei
  • Chrysina schusteri
  • Chrysina sirenicola
  • Chrysina spectabilis
  • Chrysina strasseni
  • Chrysina tapantina
  • Chrysina taylori
  • Chrysina tecunumani
  • Chrysina terroni
  • Chrysina transvolcanica
  • Chrysina tricolor
  • Chrysina triumphalis
  • Chrysina tuerckheimi
  • Chrysina valentini
  • Chrysina veraguana
  • Chrysina victorina
  • Chrysina wolfi
  • Wood’s Jewel Scarab (Chrysina woodi)
  • Chrysina woodruffi
  • Chrysina xalixteca
  • Chrysina zapoteca

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.59–1.38 in (1.5–3.5 cm)

Color: Bright green is the most common coloration among all the species, but metallic tinges of gold and silver are observed as well such as in Chrysina aurigans.

Other Characteristic Features: Their exoskeleton is capable of reflecting light, giving them a shiny appearance.

Chrysina

Larva

The larva of these beetles is white.

Pupa

After maturing they pupate, but the mortality rate of this stage is extremely high.

Egg

Eggs are laid on rotting wood, which later acts as a food source for the hatching larvae.

Quick Facts

Lifespan3 months
DistributionThe southwestern United States to some parts of South America, such as Ecuador and Venezuela
HabitatJuniper, pine, or pine-oak forests
PredatorsNot recorded
Seasons activeRainy season
Host PlantsRotting wood
Diet of adultsFoliage from juniper, oak, and pine trees
Jewel Scarab Beetle Image

 

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

Jewel scarabs do not cause any significant damage.

Jewel Scarab Beetle Picture

Did You Know

  • These beetles are extremely popular among collectors, with some rare color variants fetching prices of up to $500.

Image Source: live.staticflickr.com, content.invisioncic.com, bugguide.net, arthurevans.files.wordpress.com

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