Rainbow Scarab

Rainbow Scarab-SIf you look hard enough, you can find a rainbow almost anywhere, even in a pile of poop!

Rainbow scarabs are dung beetles and live in and eat piles of animal scat (poop). The parents dig burrows under the animal droppings and take a little down into the burrow, where the female will lay her eggs. When the babies hatch, they devour the dung.


Central and eastern United States.


Any place animals poop; especially cow pastures.


Animal scat.

Fun Facts

Eyes small Rainbow scarabs are only about an inch long.
Eyes small Only the males grow the long horn.
Eyes small The yellow balls on the side of their head are actually their antennae.
Eyes small By recycling animal waste, rainbow scarabs and other dung beetles play an important role in keeping the environment disease free.

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