I recently came upon this beetle while on vacation in Charleston. My wife and I were checking out one of the amazing historic cemeteries in the city and noticed something shimmering on one of the church steps. It was this beetle… a Rainbow Scarab. In my head the word ‘Scarab” conjures up images of ancient Egypt and flesh-devouring beetles, no thanks to “The Mummy”. But, in reality this is a pretty common North American dung beetle. It eats poop… not people.
Essentially, they dig burrows near the excrement and roll it down to the bottom. They then lay eggs in it and the dung feeds the larva as they grow.