Goldsmith Beetle Facts
- The fascinating and appropriately named Goldsmith Beetle remains a little-known invertebrate. Aside from entomologists, few people outside of its native region know of this remarkable beetle.
- Not commonly seen by the general populace, this little beauty also represents a roughly average-sized member of the scarab beetle family.
- While it does have a listing in the Catalogue of Life, this rather fascinating little insect does not appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- Sadly, like many related species, it also now faces serious threats to its existence. Its chief threats include habitat loss and climate change.
Goldsmith Beetle Physical Description
Despite its rather obvious visual appeal, the colorful Goldsmith Beetle remains a roughly average-sized example of a scarab beetle. Mature adults rarely exceed 1 in (2.5 cm) in length.
The bright yellow coloring also represents its most distinctive physical feature. The purpose of this remains a mystery to entomologists, as it does not serve for camouflage.
Occasionally, individuals will display a bright green color, instead of the usual golden hue. The species displays no noticeable sign of sexual dimorphism.
The body develops as somewhat egg-shaped, and also comparatively large and heavy. Surprisingly, its underside has a dense covering of whitish, wool-like hair.
Species: C. lanigera
Goldsmith Beetle Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Like many varieties of beetles and other insects in the region, it also typically inhabits areas woodlands, deciduous forests, and nearby fields.
Like the great majority of beetles, this arthropod undergoes metamorphosis. After hatching from eggs, the larvae pupate for 1 – 2 years.
During this time they feed rather voraciously on rotting roots and logs. Adults feed on the foliage of several tree species. These include polar, oak, maple, and several others.
Both the larvae and adults remain considered as pests by many. Its voracious appetite, both as a larva and adult, often causes great damage to affected trees.