Glossy Black Flower Chafer

Diplognatha silicea ??

Glossy Black Flower Chafer, Scarabaeidae, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in South Nandi Forest, Kenya, April 2013. Length is about 14mm.

Flower Chafers live as grubs in the soil, often feeding on roots of various plants. The adult beetles can be found feeding on flowers, fruits and sometime leaves of plants. There are many colorful and intricately marked species. This species is glossy black and has a depressed area of the elytra behind the pronotum. It was found feeding on foliage of Tobacco Weed -- Solanum mauritianum.

Scarabaeidae -- Scarab Beetle Family -- Cetoniinae subfamily

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