Can Scarites eat oranges?

Asked June 22, 2020, 5:11 PM EDT

Can they eat oranges

Union County New Jersey

1 Response

I would imagine that it may be possible although not preferred. They are usually predators upon other arthropods found in the soil or small plants close to the ground (i.e., seedlings, grass, etc...). If the beetle needed moisture or quick carbohydrates (sugars) then it may try to obtain those from an orange that had been left on the ground. I do not think they would burrow through the outer skin of an orange to get at the fruit. My first thought is that it would be unlikely for a Scarites ground beetle to forage on fruit. Since I do not know the circumstances of the situation or why the question is asked, this is all I can provide at this time.