This little gem is aptly named the Purple Jewel Beetle (Smagdethnes Africana oertzeni). While they do look like gorgeous little pieces of living jewelry, they are actually quite the little pests in Africa. They can cause major damage to fruit trees by eating all the flowers and fruits.
Beautiful… but evil!
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I have a confession: I love animals. Join me and the rest of the Featured Creature community as we learn about the weirdest, coolest, and craziest animals out there. Including your dog, Mr. Scrufflebutt (if you submit him!).