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Oxythyrea funesta

Oxythyrea funesta

Description:

Oxythyrea funesta is a beetle species belonging to the family Cetoniidae. The larvae (30 mm long) feed on plant roots until next spring in the soil. The adults appear early in the spring with a size of 8–12 millimetres. Their colour is black with bronze luster showing white spots on pronotun and on elytra and are completely covered with a white pubescence. Older specimens usually have no hairs, as they are rubbed off with time.

Habitat:

It is present in most of Europe. This one was spotted on a Cistus ladanifer (jara pringosa) flower in an open Mediterranean forest, in Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Notes:

They are considered an insect pest that do not just feed on pollen, but rode the floral organs, especially damaging light in color buds and flowers. Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec. f/14 ISO Speed Rating: 200. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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8 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Obrigado Mayra, a flor da esteva e moito colorida

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fantastica mistura de cores!

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Gracias Marta, la flor de la jara, vista así en detalle, es una preciosidad

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Que bonito fondo con la flor :-)

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks Ashish, I will try harder next time. This one I did not notice anything special with its antennas

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Welcome...
Arlanda... next time you will follow him lot to grab beauty of his antennas...

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks AshishNimkar

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Lovely Chafer...

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

Serradilla, Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Apr 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 25, 2012

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