Shining leaf chafer beetle

Shining leaf chafer beetle

Chrysophora chrysochlora

South America


Our beetle is a female, the males are bigger and have long gangly legs with big spurs.

Where and how they live: They live in the north of South America, particularly around the lowlands of Peru and Ecuador.

What they eat: The adults eat leaves and flowers. The grubs of this family eat roots, compost or decomposing wood.

Are they endangered? We don’t know much about the population sizes of most rainforest insects so it is hard to say how they are doing. They were described as ‘fairly common’ in 1993. The Shaur groups are the only Amazonian peoples that use beetle wing cases or ‘elytra’ like these to make decorative items. They don’t use many.

Linked objects:

Festival collar