Purple jewel beetles Jewels of the Tanzanian forest floor
Type invertebrate
Size 2cm
Weight 3g
Diet herbivore

Purple jewel beetle

Smaragdesthes africana oertzeni
  • Summary

    This species is just the size of a thumbnail, with an iridescent shell that shimmers blue, green and purple in bright light.

  • Dietary

    These beetles are herbivores feeding on rotting fruit and plant nectar, while their larvae feed on roots and plant matter underground.

  • Habitat

    The beetles are found on the forest floor and savannahs in Tanzania, Africa.

    Animal Habitat Range
  • Conservation

    The conservation status of this species is not known as it has not yet been evaluated.

  • Did you know...

    There are over 300,000 species of beetles worldwide.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our purple jewel beetles at Bug World, next to the Aquarium and above The Hide Café Restaurant

    Bristol Zoo Gardens Map

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