Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)

Scarab beetles have a very unique feature and that is their antennae. When observing one while resting the antennae will appear clublike but when they prepare for flight, the antennae will spread into three leaflike lobes. Many of the scarab larvae eat roots while many of the adults eat leaves, but there are a good many of the 1,500 described species that are dung-eating and thankfully so or we’d be wading thigh-deep in poo! In Wisconsin, we have 115 species of Scarabs.

The life cycles of Scarab vary a great deal, ranging from 1-3 years. Depending on the species, they overwinter as adults or pupae.