Range: central equatorial
Africa, principally Zaire
Size: 25 - 40 mm
Eudicella is a cetoniine genus endemic
to the African tropics, and there are many different species. Eudicella
gralli is among the largest of them, and is one of the most brilliantly
colored of all African beetles. The pronotal shield is of an iridescent,
bright green colour which changes when viewed from different angles.
Eudicellas are forest specialists, and their larvae are found in accumulations
of composting plant materials, such as leaf litter and rotting wood.
Eudicella usually adapts well to life in terraria, and colonies have been
maintained for many years by insect zoos, museums and hobbyists around