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ⓘ Garden fruit chafer. Pachnoda sinuata Fabricius, 1775 Pachnoda sinuata machadoi Rigout, 1989 Pachnoda sinuata calceata Harold, 1878 Pachnoda sinuata flaviventri ..




Garden fruit chafer
                                     

ⓘ Garden fruit chafer

  • Pachnoda sinuata Fabricius, 1775
  • Pachnoda sinuata machadoi Rigout, 1989
  • Pachnoda sinuata calceata Harold, 1878
  • Pachnoda sinuata flaviventris Gory & Percheron, 1833
  • Pachnoda sinuata nicolae Rigout, 1986
                                     

1. Identification

The species is part of the large family Scarabaeidae, which also include the scarabs and dung beetles. This species is large with a smooth carapace. Colouration is variable but basically yellow with dark brown central area broken by yellow spots and a transverse yellow line across the rear of the elytra.

                                     

2. Diet

Adult beetles feed on flowers and fruit, often destroying them in the process which makes them unpopular with gardeners. While commonly found on exotic plants like roses and camellias, these beetles also feed on a range of indigenous plants including Acacia.