Flower Chafer


a flower chafer, from near Eldoret, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

On flowers of Vernonia on ranch-farm west of Eldoret, Kenya, December 2013.

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 yellow 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 -- Cetoniinae subfamily

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Kenya Natural History

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