Life Cycle of the Derby's Flower Beetle

Did you know that beetles go through a complete metamorphosis just like butterflies? Learn all about it in this fun, informative video from the virtual Museum of Science, MOSatHome!

See how all beetles emerge from an egg as larvae (better known as grubs), then create a pupa and emerge as a full adult beetle. The time of each stage varies depending on the species; some beetles can live for many years while others only live for a few months. Derby's flower beetles can be found in Sub-Saharan Africa and are the smallest in their genus. They are diurnal and spend their days visiting flowers looking for pollen and nectar, they also eat fruit and sap.

Species: Derby's Flower Beetle (Dicronorhina derbyana)

Order: Coleoptera

Native Habitat: Native to Southern Africa and can be found in tropical forests, climbing trees and plants in search of food or a mate.

Diet: Being a type of flower chafer, these beetles are searching flowers for pollen and nectar but also eat fruit and sap.

Life expectancy: The adult lifespan is about 3 – 5 months.

Fun Facts:

- Derby's flower beetles are the smallest out of its genus.

- These beetles are part of the scarab beetle family that contains over 30,000 species found across the entire world. These species, like most animals, are losing their homes to habitat destruction.

- Females can lay up to 200 eggs at a time.