Flower Chafer

Pachnoda sinuata (?)

a flower chafer, possibly Pachnoda sinuata, at Nairobi, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

On flowers of Murembu Tree on the grounds of the Nairobi National Museum, Kenya, April 2011.

Many kinds of flower chafer beetles are found around the World. As with most insect groups, those found in tropical areas tend to be larger than their temperate counterparts. The contrasting black and orange pattern of this beetle suggests it may be aposomatic and thus protected by toxins in its haemolymph or excretions. The immatures are grubs that may be found in compost or the soil.

Scarabaeidae -- Scarab Beetle Family

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Kenya Natural History

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