Iridescent beetles

California Academy of Sciences2015-09

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA, United States

These two beetle species—six shining leaf chafers and one golden scarab—have shells that dazzle with reflected light. The shining leaf chafers all shine with green-gold iridescence. But look closely—no two truly match. Exploring individual differences helps us understand species as a whole.


  • Title: Iridescent beetles
  • Creator: California Academy of Sciences
  • Date Created: 2015-09
  • Location: South and Central America
  • Location Created: San Francisco, CA
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