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Emerald Euphoria Beetle (Euphoria fulgida)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Emerald Euphoria Beetle

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Lustrous green and gold, or blue and purple, or red and orange, the Emerald Euphoria is a common visitor to flowers.

Updated: 09/25/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This hefty beetle is active mostly from May through July, but it may be seen until early autumn depending on the region. It is able to fly while keeping its wing coverings (elytra) closed. Typically, a beetle opens both wing coverings when in flight to expose the two pairs of wings. The Emerald Euphoria is able to fly using just the second pair of wings, which is quite a feat considering its size.

The usually green beetle may also be blue or purple, or even have orange-red coloring. It has a satiny gloss that shines in the light. The Green June Beetle looks similar to this scarab. Like other Flower Chafers, the Emerald Euphoria visits flowers to take nectar. Unlike other scarabs, this one is active during the day making an encounter with one more likely. Look for this colorful beetle in gardens and fields near plum trees, on rotting fruit, and in woodlands.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Scarabaeidae
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          Genus: Euphoria
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            Species: fulgida
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Euphoria fulgida
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 17mm (0.47" to 0.66")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; gold; tan; brown; white; red; orange
Descriptors: green; dull; matte; shiny; shimmer; gleam; multicolored; metallic; brown 'shoulders'; white hairs underneath; green June bug; triangular patch on back; white specks; red; orange; trio clubs; three split antennae; flying; big; large

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 12mm (0.5in) and 17mm (0.7in)
Lo: 12mm
Md: 14.5mm
Hi: 17mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Emerald Euphoria Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Emerald Euphoria Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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