Photo by Cami Schlappy

This Glorious Chafer was found at the Patagonia School. This bug can be found in Sonoita and Patagonia, usually in the morning under porch night lights. The Glorious Chafer, a scarab, Chrysina gloriosa, emerges from the soil in the summer months during the monsoon rains. Adults feed on juniper foliage and larvae can be found eating decaying sycamore logs. Here in Arizona, the Glorious Chafer has two equally beautiful relatives: Beyer’s and Le Conte’s Chafer.