Wild Florida Photo - Phanaeus igneus - Florida rainbow scarab

Phanaeus igneus var. floridanus

Florida rainbow scarab

Synonym(s): Phanaeus floridanus

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Volusia Co. FL 10/21/20
Volusia Co. FL 10/21/20
Volusia Co. FL 10/21/20
Volusia Co. FL 10/21/20

Click on any image to open the slideshow

This subspecies is known from peninsular Florida only. In north Florida, it is also found with Phanaeus igneus igneus, which ranges through the southeastern coastal states from Louisiana to Virginia.
This is a stout dung beetle that is often green with coppery reflections. Color may also be black or a combination of red and green. Fully developed males have a prominent horn.
P. igneus and P. vindex are part of the regular diet of the Florida burrowing owl.


Phanaeus igneus is a member of the Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles family.

For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Bugguide.net page for this species

Date record last modified: Oct 26, 2020

Paul Rebmann Nature Photography at pixels.com