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Garden fruit chafer

Pachnoda sinuata


The species is part of the large family Scarabaeidae, which also include the scarabs and dung beetles. This species is large with a smooth carapace. Colouration is variable but basically yellow with dark brown central area broken by yellow spots and a transverse yellow line across the rear of the elytra.


Adult beetles feed on flowers and fruit, often destroying them in the process which makes them unpopular with gardeners. While commonly found on exotic plants like roses and camellias, these beetles also feed on a range of indigenous plants including Acacia. I however love insects more than flowers and therefore allow them to eat up!

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Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Thank you Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago


Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Thank you Nuwan
Johan, I especially left this one until I found the ID by myself to show you that I also try to ID spots, but have a few that I rely on you to help ... ;)

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nice shots!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Wow! very beautiful, great find !!

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 20, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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