Taxicab Beetle

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Taxicab Beetle

Pachnoda peregrina
This variegated yellow-trimmed beetle often feeds in groups, and perhaps then does look like a fleet of taxicabs jockeying for position. Eggs hatch into pale soft-bodied grubs that feed in compost and dung, and then pupate inside small earthen cocoons. The taxicab and yellow-bellied beetles belong to the same genus.
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Lifespan: 6 to 8 months

Ecological Role: Herbivore and decomposer

Habitat: Tropical scrub forest

Diet: Ripe fruit and tree sap

Current Range: Democratic Republic on Congo