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Phanaeus vindex (Dung beetle)

Synonyms: Phanaeus vindex cyanellus; Phanaeus vindex rubervirens; Scarabaeus carnifex

Wikipedia Abstract

Phanaeus vindex, the rainbow scarab or rainbow scarab beetle is a North American dung beetle, with a range from the eastern US to the Rocky Mountains. The head is a metallic yellow color, and males have a black horn which curves backward toward the thorax. Both sexes have yellow antennae which can retract into a ball on the underside of the head. The thorax is a shiny coppery color, with yellow or green on the sides. The abdomen is metallic green. The underbelly is black and green.
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Ecosystems

Predators

Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)[1]
Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)[1]
Corvus brachyrhynchos (American Crow)[1]
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)[1]
Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull)[1]
Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird)[1]
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)[1]
Plestiodon fasciatus (Five-lined Skink)[1]
Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)[1]
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)[1]

Providers

Shelter 
Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)[1]
Digitaria ischaemum (small crabgrass)[1]
Fragaria virginiana (Virginia Strawberry)[1]
Panicum virgatum (old switch panic grass)[1]
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)[1]
Rubus laciniatus (Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry)[1]
Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)[1]
Taraxacum campylodes (Dandelion)[1]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[1]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Saint Louis Zoological Park

Distribution

Nearctic (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming), Neotropical (Mexico); Nearctic(Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming), Neotropical(Mexico);

Photos

Citations

Species recognized by Schoolmeesters P., Aug-2012, Scarabs: World Scarabaeidae Database in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access
Institution information provided by International Species Information System - May 2011