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Oxythyrea funesta

Oxythyrea funesta


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.


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.


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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arlanda 10 years ago

Obrigado Mayra, a flor da esteva e moito colorida

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Fantastica mistura de cores!

arlanda 10 years ago

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

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Que bonito fondo con la flor :-)

arlanda 10 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 10 years ago

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

arlanda 10 years ago

Thanks AshishNimkar

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Lovely Chafer...

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Serradilla, Extremadura, Spain

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

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