Rainbow Scarab (Phanaeus vindex)
…a species of dung beetle that is native to North America, ranging from the east to the Rocky Mountains. Noted for its impressive ‘rainbow’ coloration this species is easily recognizable. Like other dung beetles this species will locate and move dung. Males and females will work in pairs to dig burrows beneath animal dung. After the burrows are complete they will move the dung into the tunnel, where the female will lay her eggs in it. The grubs will then feed on the dung until they pupate.