This species is just the size of a thumbnail, with an iridescent shell that shimmers blue, green and purple in bright light.
These beetles are herbivores feeding on rotting fruit and plant nectar, while their larvae feed on roots and plant matter underground.
The beetles are found on the forest floor and savannahs in Tanzania, Africa.
The conservation status of this species is not known as it has not yet been evaluated.
There are over 300,000 species of beetles worldwide.
You can find our purple jewel beetles at Bug World, next to the Aquarium and above The Hide Café Restaurant
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