Jade Headed Buffalo Beetle

(Eudicella smithii)

Insect | Africa

Buffalo beetle

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to the jade headed buffalo beetle. This species can be found in the Micro-Habitat Tree located inside the Animals of the Savanna building.

Status in the Wild

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Not yet assessed.


These beetles are found in coastal forest regions of Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Jade headed buffalo beetles are herbivores, and mainly feed on fermenting fruit, pollen, and tree sap.

Did you know?

The beetle’s bright green head is used to warn potential predators that the beetle tastes bitter.

The males have a small forked horn on their head to push rival males away from food and mates.

Jade headed buffalo beetles are an important pollinator of African wildflowers.

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