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Flower Chafer

Narycius opalus


A shoot tip or an insect!! During a walk in the thick forest of western ghats, one of the shoot tip of a plant on the path caught my attention which made me take a second look. The shoot tip i thought was actually this flower chafer, a male Narycius opalus, a in the tribe Cetoniini in the family Scarabaeidae. The genus Narycius only consists of this single species which is endemic in the Western Ghats. I guess it was mimicking the shoot tip. Shot in very low light conditions! Exif: Nikon D5100 | f/8 |1/200s | ISO 2000 | Tamron 90 mm

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Well done then, Karthik ! Now we know....

KarthikAk 6 years ago

Thank you Mark and Leuba.
@ Leuba this is very strange for me as well. I haven seen such a chafer anywhere, it seems this is the only species in the Scarabaeidae family!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Great spotting ! I've seen several chafers in India ( Kodaikanal) but none with these appendages. Thanks for sharing this Karthik.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Excellent find. Strange chafer.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Nov 27, 2014
Submitted on Nov 27, 2014

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