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Scarlet Malachite Beetle (Malachius aeneus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Scarlet Malachite Beetle

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A rare gem across the pond, the ubiquitous Scarlet Malachite Beetle roams all over North America.

Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts are underway in England to conserve this beetle's population there. Surveys are being performed to try to locate population sites for conservation efforts. Malachite is a green mineral and this black and red beetle may exhibit a greenish hue in certain light. Two bits of red on the pronotum peek out at the 'shoulder' area. The black abdomen has white bands around it. Legs and antennae are black.

This beetle is a member of the Soft-winged Flower Beetle family. The Scarlet Malachite Beetle can be found in areas filled with flowers and hedges. Adults eat other insects as well as pollen from the flowers they visit. They are active in late spring to early summer and may not be seen again until the next year. Larval grubs are found in the ground, under leaf litter.

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: Melyridae
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          Genus: Malachius
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            Species: aeneus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Malachius aeneus
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 12mm (0.35" to 0.47")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, red, green, white
Descriptors: border, flying,

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 9mm (0.4in) and 12mm (0.5in)
Lo: 9mm
Md: 10.5mm
Hi: 12mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Scarlet Malachite 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 Scarlet Malachite Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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